New Lotus EV supercar will be the most powerfulPOSTED BY Yamin Vong ON 20 July 2019
When Geely’s deal to buy a stake in Proton was announced, the big question was its plans for Lotus where it took a majority stake as opposed to its 49 per cent of Proton.
Many were convinced that Geely would make a Lotus super electric vehicle (EV) because of the Lotus brand magic in the global automotive industry and because China is the world’s fastest growing and world’s biggest EV market.
Geely is China’s biggest privately owned car manufacturer and it also owns Volvo, the Swedish-origin car maker.
And so, the announcement of the new Lotus super EV sportscar, the Evija, was greeted with a “I told you so” moment of vindication.
Lotus as a car brand has a history of innovation and track record as an automotive design house.
The original Tesla roadster was built around the Lotus Elise chassis.
Green Car reports: “On Wednesday, the British sports car company unveiled its own electric sports car, the Evija, which it says will be the most powerful car on the market with electric motors producing 1,973 horsepower. The company didn’t list its battery size but says it will be able to charge fully in nine minutes.
“With the Evija, the brand is climbing away from the attainable sports cars it currently produces—including the Elise — back toward supercars like the Elite, only with an electric drivetrain.
“The Evija was designed in conjunction with British engineering consultancy Williams Advanced Engineering, and only 130 will be made. The car will compete with the upcoming Pininfarina Battista, targeted to have 1,877 horsepower. Pininfarina, a new automaker from the renowned Italian design house, will produce 150 Battistas starting next year.
“The Evija is based on an updated version of Lotus’ current platform.”
Lotus plans other new models to follow the Evija, based on a Geely platform designed for electric powertrains, Lotus CEO Phil Popham told British auto magazine Autocar in an interview.
The new models will be more focused on practicality and affordability and will be designed to carry both batteries and electric motors and gasoline powertrains. Every new model from Lotus, however, will offer an all-electric version, Popham said, though those future models are still several years off.
Lotus targets an annual production of 10,000 mainstream sports cars to fill out its manufacturing facility in Hethel, England. It also has plans to expand production in China