Lotus has always topped lists of the most powerful cars in the world, and now the British automaker is looking to top the list of all-electric vehicles as well. The Lotus Evija is set to be unveiled at an event in London, and is said to have nearly 2,000 metric horsepower (1,972 horsepower). With that much power behind the wheels, the Evija is shooting for a 0 to 62 mile per hour speed under three seconds, and a top speed that climbs above 200 miles per hour.
Lotus’s powertrain is the result of a collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering in the UK. Using a mid-mounted lithium-ion battery pack, power is supplied to each wheel through a motor and single-speed epicyclic transmission combination. As is the norm with electric motors, Evija benefits from near-instant torque, which, when spread across all four motors, is a reported 1,254 lb-ft total. Using four heat exchangers, Evija can reportedly be driven at full throttle for seven minutes.
The battery pack is said to have a 70.0-kilowatt-hour capacity, though Lotus claims that it can support a 2000 kW output. The battery will support ultrafast charging, reaching rates of 800 KW, which means that the battery could reach an 80 per cent charge in just 12 minutes and full charge in 18 minutes. Lotus further claims that Evija will have a 250 mile range on a single charge.
Lotus is putting a lot of stock into Evija—a name that means “the first in existence” and seems to hint at more to come. Phil Popham, Lotus Cars CEO, said, “The Lotus Evija is a car like no other. It will re-establish our brand in the hearts and minds of sports car fans and on the global automotive stage. It will also pave the way for further visionary models.”
With 2000 horsepower, Evija will definitely attract a lot of attention. Only 130 examples will be made, with each having a starting price of £1.7 million before taxes.