The All-Electric Lotus Evija Hypercar: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Lotus Evija
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Coupé
Battery size: 90 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 345 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric Lotus Evija Hypercar

Lotus Cars Limited, is a UK based automotive manufacturer, famed for its iconic sports cars and participation in Formula One. The automotive manufacturer has witnessed a number of changes to its ownership since the founding of Lotus Engineering Limited in 1952, by Colin Chapman and Colin Dare. The company is currently owned by the Chinese automotive manufacturer, Geely, headquartered in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Geely also owns the automotive brands Volvo Cars and Polestar. Previously, Lotus was owned by General Motors.

Lotus is not new to electric cars. The company has already introduced the Lotus Evija, the all-electric hypercar. The Lotus Eletre Hyper-SUV is the second battery-electric vehicle (BEV) from the manufacturer and its most advanced Lotus vehicle to date. The company has the following electric vehicles (EVs):

The all-electric Lotus Evija hypercar is the most powerful production road car in the world. Hypercars is a term used to describe high-performance supercars. Hypercars are unusual and limited edition vehicles.

The pure electric two-door coupé Lotus Evija hypercar can deliver up to 2,000 ps of power and 1,700 Nm torque. The four-wheel drive EV can reach 0-100 km/h in under 3 seconds, and 0-300 km/h in 9.1 seconds. The Lotus electric car has a top speed over 320 km/h. The EV has five driving modes: Range, City, Tour, Sport and Track.

The EV has four independently controlled high-power density electric motors (500 ps power per electric motor). The e-motors were developed along with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE).

No, you cannot have it delivered to your home right away. Though the automotive manufacturer had announced deliveries would commence in 2020, it has, since then, been delayed. Deliveries are now expected in 2023. The EV is expected to be manufactured at Hethel, UK, which has been the home for Lotus since 1966. Lotus will manufacture only 130 units, as a tribute to Lotus Type Number 130. The EV was revealed in July 2019.

Originally codenamed the Type 130, the name Evija (pronounced ‘E-vi-ya’) is derived from Hebrew, and means ‘the first in existence’ or ‘the living one’. The Lotus Evija is also the first pure electric British hypercar and also the world’s lightest production EV hypercar. The Evija uses a one-piece ultra-lightweight carbon fibre monocoque chassis (1,680 kg). It also utilises the concept of ‘porosity’ to reduce weight and increase performance.

The Lotus electric car has a 90 kWh EV battery mounted centrally behind the passenger compartment. Part of the EV battery is visible from the rear glass screen. The automotive manufacturer claims an electric range up to 345 km (WLTP) on a fully charged battery. Of course, real-world electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors to include, driving profile and speed.

Lotus claims it has the developed the world’s fastest charging EV battery. The EV battery was also developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE). The EV is capable of DC charging up to 350 kW, enabling the EV battery to be charged from 10% to 80% in 12 minutes and to 100% in 18 minutes. Of course, the key is finding a DC charging station en-route, that can rapid charge up to 350 kW DC! The CCS2 charging port is located at the rear of the electric vehicle (EV).

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!

Decent electric rangeExpensive (priced to be confirmed)
Hyper performance pure electric coupé
350 kW DC charging and 22 kW onboard charger as standard


The All-Electric Lotus Evija (credit: Lotus)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Coupé
Available In Ireland:No

Variants (1 Option)
Lotus Evija (from €N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 90 kWh
Charging:350 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 12 mins). Onboard charger: 22kW AC (0%-100%: N/A hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:N/A

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity: 16.7 kWh€ 4.00
Battery net capacity: 30.0 kWh€ 7.19
Battery net capacity: 39.2 kWh€ 9.39
Battery net capacity: 45.0 kWh€ 10.78
Battery net capacity: 50.0 kWh€ 11.98
Battery net capacity: 64.0 kWh€ 15.34
Battery net capacity: 71.0 kWh€ 17.01
Battery net capacity: 77.0 kWh€ 18.45
Battery net capacity: 90.0 kWh€ 21.57
Battery net capacity: 100.0 kWh€ 23.97
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1122
Width (mm):2000
Length (mm):4459
Wheelbase (mm):N/A
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot Space (L):N/A

Lotus Evija
EV Battery Capacity:90 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):345 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/ 100km):17.25
Charging:350 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 12 mins). Onboard charger: 22kW AC (0%-100%: N/A hrs)
Top Speed:320 km/h
0-100 km/h:Under 3 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):2000
Horsepower (ps):2000
Torque (Nm):1704
Unladen Weight (kg):1,680
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Solar And EV Charging: An Overview

The benefits of renewable energy, in particular, solar and wind energy, is already well established across Europe, and in other parts of the world. With the increase in sales of electric vehicles (EVs) over the past three years, the advantages of using clean and renewable energy has been further enhanced.

Firstly, on-site renewable energy can be used for powering both business premises and homes. For on-site generation, we have witnessed a significant increase in distributed clean energy generating plants i.e. many commercial buildings and residential buildings have become generators i.e. generating electricity on-site!  Solar roof projects have been popular for such on-site generation installations.

The ongoing war in Ukraine has further amplified the need to develop energy security, not only at a national level, but also at a local level, to include, businesses and households. Those households and businesses that already generate and consume clean energy on-site have been spared the significant onslaught of energy price rise in 2022, which is expected to continue in 2023.

Installing solar panels on-site, mitigates the risks associated with energy price inflation, a significant contributor to costs for a business or a household. On-site renewable energy generation also impacts the environment positively. For those with electric vehicles (EVs), in particular, pure electric vehicles, we strongly encourage the use of renewable energy for EV charging. Of course, we also encourage the use of solar energy for charging a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

Apart from the significant cost benefit i.e. generating renewable energy is a nominal cost per kWh (after initial set-up/ installation costs), to achieve true zero-tailpipe emission electric driving, renewable energy needs to be used for EV charging. This is also known as ‘well-to-wheel’. Just one electric car on the road can save an average of 1.5 million grams of CO2.

The good news for electric car owners is that a number of EV charging stations are now compatible with solar/ wind generation and battery storage. The UK manufacturer myenergi zappi is a good example of a solar/ wind compatible EV charger.

We encourage business and households to adopt an on-site ecosystem of ‘renewable energy-battery storage-EV charging’, to gain the maximum from the advantages of low carbon generation and zero-emission electric driving. Bottom-line, renewable energy is good for the environment and the wallet!

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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