Not everyone knows the Lotus name in the automotive world, but those who know for sure have no doubt about the reputation of those British manufacturer in the racing world. That's why when circulated news about Lotus's plan to make an electric-powered car, many were impatient waiting for proof of its ferocity.
That day is approaching. Lotus has just officially unveiled its first electric car. The super car was named Lotus Evija, it sat in the electric hypercar category and was in the same class as the Pininfarina Battista which was introduced last March.
|The first Lotus electric-powered hypercar called Evija previous known as Type 130. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YXh5hh)|
In terms of appearance, Evija was no less exotic, mainly thanks to a series of curves and air holes sculpted in its body, and it said was inspired by Le Mans racing cars. The use of carbon fiber monoque chassis also makes the Evija can be said the lightest electric-powered hypercar, with weights ranging from 1,680 kilograms.
Likely we can expect the performance factor from Lotus, due to Evija's performance is the main selling point. And its four electric motors are believed to be the four-wheel drive, with power output of 1,972 horsepower and 1,700 Nm of torque. Its acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h reached easily in less than three seconds.
Lotus also claims Evija can reach speeds of 300 km/h in less than 9 seconds, which also the company claimed is an outstanding achievement among other cars in the class. The car's top speed itself is said can be reach the figure of 320 km/hour.
|All-new Lotus Evija uses four electric motors are believed to be the four-wheel drive. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YXh5hh)|
Though the Evija's speeding ability was extraordinary, Lotus apparently did not forget the efficiency factor. The 70 kWh battery which is embedded behind Evija's backs - is intentionally positioned like that to maintain the hallmark of Lotus's middle engined cars - so it able to supply enough energy to travel up to 400 kilometers.
Not only that, Lotus had even designed so that the battery can be charged with an output of 800 kW, so the recharging process only takes 9 minutes from empty to full. But keep in mind, so far the charging technology of electric cars as fast as that is still not publicly available.
|All-new Lotus Evija holds 70 kWh battery which is embedded behind Evija's backs. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YXh5hh)|
By using the fastest charger unit that is available today(350 kW), Lotus claims Evija only takes 12 minutes to fill 80% of its battery capacity, or 18 minutes for full charging. Yes, the fast definition for Lotus doesn't seem to stop at the car's speeding capability, but also includes its battery charging speed.
Entering the cabin, we can see the combination between modern style and racing style, both of which lead to the principle of minimalism. The instrument panel behind the steering wheel is the only screen that we can find on Evija's cabin, and the steering wheel itself further strengthens the overall racing aura.
|All-new Lotus Evija electric motors able to spew out the power of 1,972 horsepower and 1,700 Nm of torque. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YXh5hh)|
Nevertheless, Evija is also designed to be suitable for daily use. This can be seen from a colored knob on the steering wheel, which gives the driver access to five driving modes with different performance characters: Range, City, Tour, Sport, and Track.
From a digital perspective, Lotus ensures Evija will continue to be connected to cloud networks thanks to its integrated modem. This means that Evija will receive a number of updates and improvements through updated software like Tesla cars; and car owners can also access a number of settings, such as turning on the cooling system before entering the car, through the Evija companion application on the smartphone.
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