Lotus’ electric hypercar moves closer to production
The Lotus Evija is getting ever closer to production as it unveiled its new manufacturing facility ready for final testing and full series production.
The electric hypercar will be the world’s first according to Lotus, as well as being the first electrified vehicles from the veteran British manufacturer.
Developed under majority shareholder Geely, which also owns the LEVC electric black taxi firm, the Lotus Evjia will be the world’s most powerful production road car delivering 2,000PS.
It will be capable of 0-62mph in under three seconds, 0-186mph in under nine seconds and a top speed of more than 200mph.
On a practical level, the Evija will have a range of 250 miles and can be fully charged in under 10 minutes when using a compatible rapid charger.
The hypercar will be built at Lotus’ historic home of Hethel, Norfolk, with the first customer deliveries expected in summer 2020.
Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, said: “This is now the newest car production facility in the world, and to witness it move from the drawing board to reality has been deeply satisfying. It’s testament to the commitment of all involved, and is the perfect sleek and high-tech production home for the Evija at our iconic Hethel headquarters.”
CarWow recently visited the new site and got up close to the Lotus Evija itself: