Lotus Evija name confirmed for EV hypercar

Legendary Norfolk marque Lotus has confirmed that its upcoming electric hypercar will be called Lotus Evija.

If you’re struggling with the pronunciation, it’s ‘ev-eye-a’, according to Lotus. Apparently it means ‘the first in existence’ or ‘the living one’.

The Evija is the first Lotus to be developed under the auspices of the company’s new Chinese owner, Geely – which also owns Volvo and LEVC. It was announced at the Shanghai motor show just a few months ago.

Details on the Evija are sketchy at the moment, but a power output of around 1,000bhp is rumoured. It will likely be full of race car technology, as well.

Previously known as Type 130, just 130 examples of the Evija will be built. The price will inevitably be extremely hefty, but that won’t stop it selling out almost immediately. Indeed, it may already have done so.

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.”

The view of the Evija you see here will be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend ahead of the car’s full unveiling in London on 16 July.

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By Graham King

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