The All-Electric Lotus Evija Hypercar: The Complete Guide For India

Lotus Evija Hypercar
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Coupé
Battery size: 90 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 345 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric Lotus Evija Hypercar

Lotus Cars Limited, is a UK based automotive manufacturer, famed for its iconic sports cars and participation in Formula One. The automotive manufacturer has witnessed a number of changes to its ownership since the founding of Lotus Engineering Limited in 1952, by Colin Chapman and Colin Dare.

The company is currently owned by the Chinese automotive manufacturer, Geely, headquartered in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Geely also owns the automotive brands Volvo Cars and Polestar. Previously, Lotus was owned by General Motors. The company has the following electric vehicles (EVs):

The all-electric Lotus Evija hypercar is the most powerful production road car in the world. Hypercars is a term used to describe high-performance supercars. Hypercars are unusual and limited edition vehicles.

The pure electric two-door coupé Lotus Evija hypercar can deliver up to 2,000 ps of power and 1,700 Nm torque. The four-wheel drive EV can reach 0-100 km/h in under 3 seconds, and 0-300 km/h in 9.1 seconds. The Lotus electric car has a top speed over 320 km/h. The EV has five driving modes: Range, City, Tour, Sport and Track.

The EV has four independently controlled high-power density electric motors (500 ps power per electric motor). The e-motors were developed along with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE).

No, you cannot have it delivered to your home right away. Though the automotive manufacturer had announced deliveries would commence in 2020, it has, since then, been delayed. Deliveries are now expected in 2023, in select international markets. The EV is expected to be manufactured at Hethel, UK, which has been the home for Lotus since 1966. Lotus will manufacture only 130 units, as a tribute to Lotus Type Number 130. The EV was revealed in July 2019.

Originally codenamed the Type 130, the name Evija (pronounced ‘E-vi-ya’) is derived from Hebrew, and means ‘the first in existence’ or ‘the living one’. The Lotus Evija is also the first pure electric British hypercar and also the world’s lightest production EV hypercar. The Evija uses a one-piece ultra-lightweight carbon fibre monocoque chassis (1,680 kg). It also utilises the concept of ‘porosity’ to reduce weight and increase performance.

The Lotus electric car has a 90 kWh EV battery mounted centrally behind the passenger compartment. Part of the EV battery is visible from the rear glass screen. The automotive manufacturer claims an electric range up to 345 km (WLTP) on a fully charged battery. Of course, real-world electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors to include, driving profile and speed.

Lotus claims it has the developed the world’s fastest charging EV battery. The EV battery was also developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE). The EV is capable of DC charging up to 350 kW, enabling the EV battery to be charged from 10% to 80% in 12 minutes and to 100% in 18 minutes. Of course, the key is finding a DC charging station en-route, that can rapid charge up to 350 kW DC! The CCS2 charging port is located at the rear of the electric vehicle (EV).

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet! The electric car is not currently available in India.

Decent electric rangeExpensive (priced to be confirmed)
Hyper performance pure electric coupé
350 kW DC charging and 22 kW onboard charger as standard


The All-Electric Lotus Evija Coupé (credit: Lotus)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Coupé
Available In India:No

Variants (1 Option)
Lotus Evija (from N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 90 kWh
Charging:350 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 12 mins). Onboard charger: 22kW AC (0%-100%: N/A hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:N/A

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1122
Width (mm):2000
Length (mm):4459
Wheelbase (mm):N/A
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot Space (L):N/A

Lotus Evija
EV Battery Capacity:90 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):345 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/ 100km):17.25
Charging:350 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 12 mins). Onboard charger: 22 kW AC (0%-100%: N/A hrs)
Top Speed:320 km/h
0-100 km/h:Under 3 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):2000
Horsepower (ps):2000
Torque (Nm):1704
Unladen Weight (kg):1,680
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Electric Driving: Top 5 EV Jargons For India

Many of us living in India, have now come across an electric car, like the Tata Nexon EV. Some have been fortunate enough to even drive in one, or even better, own an e-vehicle. Even though, India, is still at a nascent stage in terms of electric driving, the latest-generation of electric cars, like the all-electric Kia EV6, are already on roads in India. Of course, also on our roads are other Tata and Mahindra electric cars.

Despite the increased visibility of EVs in India, the vocabulary (jargon) used in electric driving is still new to consumers. In fact, for many, it can seem daunting and confusing. We have therefore put below some of the more commonly used terms in the EV glossary, to give you an easier introduction to electric driving in India!

EV Glossary: Top 5
Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV):What is a BEV? A battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is more commonly referred to as a pure electric car. A BEV is ‘pure’, in that, the vehicle only uses electric power for propulsion i.e. a BEV does not have an internal combustion engine (ICE). It is easy to recognise these zero-tailpipe emission green cars, as these vehicles are silent (except for the artificial noise), and do not have a tailpipe! The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE is a good example of a BEV.
Electric Vehicle (EV) :What is an EV? An EV is any vehicle that uses ‘electricity’ or an ‘electric motor’ to power the vehicle. In the world of electric road transportation, an EV is usually referred to any vehicle that is primarily powered by an electric motor. The electric motor derives its power from a rechargeable battery or batteries. In other words, EVs are less dependent on petrol or diesel as fuel, and in the case of pure electric cars (BEVs), not dependent at all. EVs do get confusing as it encompasses all types of electric vehicles to include: BEVs, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), Extended-Range Electric Vehicles (E-REV) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV).  
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV):What is a PHEV? A plug-in hybrid electric car combines, both, an internal combustion engine (ICE), along with an electric motor and an onboard EV battery. Put another way, a PHEV essentially aims to ‘couple’ a conventional petrol/ diesel vehicle, with electric propulsion. A PHEV has lower tailpipe emissions compared to a conventional petrol or diesel car, and a plug-in hybrid is also a more efficient vehicle. Like a battery-electric vehicle (BEV), a PHEV battery is charged by an external power source. The Porsche Cayenne E Plug-In Hybrid is an example of a PHEV.
Regenerative Braking:What is regenerative braking? Also known as regen braking or brake recuperation, regenerative braking is a process of capturing the wasted energy (during braking) from an electric vehicle, to be reused (recycled). In the case of electric driving, the ‘captured’ energy is reused to increase the pure electric range of the EV. Given the average driving profile in India i.e. frequent braking, regen braking is well suited for our needs!
Smart EV Charger:What is a smart EV charger? A smart or ‘intelligent’ electric car charger, is a type of EV charger that enables smart functionality, to include, more control by the user, and communication between the EV charging station, the operator, the utility and the national grid. We encourage electric car owners in India to replace using a domestic socket for charging an electric car, with a smart EV charger. Faster and safer for EV charging.

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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