The Speed Of Electricity

Lotus Evija.

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Lotus Evija.

Lotus has just unveiled its first, and also Britain’s first hypercar and it’s called the Evija. The name is derived from Hebrew and it roughly translates to mean alive. And boy oh boy will you feel alive once you plant on your foot on the Evija’s accelerator. Thanks to four electric motors at each wheel, total power output is an incredible 1,970hp and maximum torque is a whopping 1,700nm — more than double a Ferrari 488 Pista. As a result, performance is biblical. Lotus claims 0-100km/h in less than 3 seconds and 0-300km/h in less than 9seconds. So in the time it takes your typical Grab ride to get to 100km/h, the Evija would already be hurtling towards the horizon at over three times the speed. Top speed is in the region of 320km/h. Despite the savage performance, the Evija is also surprisingly practical. The 70kWh battery pack serves up an estimated range of 400km. And with the right charger, the Evija can be charged from 0 to 80% in 12 minutes. It can then be fully charged in a further six. Only 130 will be built and each will cost around $3.3 million excluding taxes. Welcome to the age of bonkers all-electric hypercars.


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