Lotus has announced the name of its first all-electric model.
Due to start production in 2020, the hypercar will be called the Lotus Evija.
The car’s production was confirmed at Shanghai International Auto Show in April but until now it has only been known by its Lotus Type number – Type 130.
Pronounced ‘ev-eye-a’ its name means ‘the first in existence’ or ‘the living one’. Lotus says the name reflects Lotus’ reputation as a pioneer and innovator in the automotive and motorsport sectors.
The Evija is a massively important car for Lotus. It’s the first new Lotus model launched since 2008 and the first since the company was bought by Chinese firm Geely, which also owns Volvo, Lynk & Co and Proton. Only 130 models will be built at the firm’s factory in Hethel, Norfolk, in tribute to its Type number.
Specifications for the Evija are still thin on the ground although a total system output of 1,000bhp has been rumoured. The all-electric drivetrain is being developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, which is investing heavily in battery and EV expertise.
Ahead of its global unveiling in London on July 16th, which we will be covering, visitors to Goodwood Festival of Speed will get an exclusive glimpse of the Evija with a ‘light show’ experience that reveals new details and provides hints of its exterior design.
Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham said: “Evija is the perfect name for our new car because it’s the first hypercar from Lotus, our first electric offering and is the first new model under the stewardship of Geely. The Evija is a Lotus like no other, yet a true Lotus in every sense. It will re-establish our brand on the global automotive stage and pave the way for further visionary models.”