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2021 Lotus Evija electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 6, 2020
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Thunder strikes. All eyes in the air and then to the ground where it struck. Where it used to be a barren piece of land, lies a massive hole. What we understand from it is the sheer power that electricity can have. And getting the ability to harness it and putting it into a car, is a spectacle on its own. While it is quite normal to get skeptical about an electrically powerful car. It’s time you feast your senses to this beautifully sculpted piece of machinery. 

Though conventional hypercars have been there aplenty, the world of electric hypercars still remained open for the taking. And the crown jewel of Colin Chapman took it upon themselves to not just grab a piece but devour the entire cake with the sensationally tingling and mesmerizing, Lotus Evija. 

Giving the world masterpieces like the Elise, Exige, and Evora, it’s time that the brand embarked on the journey of expanding horizons and paved the way forward towards the electric mobility race. The Lotus Evija took birth on this very idea and claims to be the most dynamically accomplished model ever built by Lotus. With this beautifully devious mo

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Pros

Full-Electric

Luxurious and sporty

First hypercar from Lotus

Quick Charging time

Very Powerful

Cons

Not Street legal

Very pricey

Very limited production

What's New?

A totally new vehicle from the ground up


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27100

bodystyle

4dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

92 cu. in.

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent torsion beam suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

104.8 in.

length

173.9 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

72.6 in.

curb weight

3650 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

39.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1130 lbs.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Lotus Evija electric Detailed Review video
2021 Lotus Evija electric Interior video
2021 Lotus Evija electric Exterior video

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Lotus Evija electric Base

Base

power
395 hp @ 5750 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$2,300,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (electric 1A) Starting at $2,300,000 MSRP TBD 395 hp @ 5750 rpm, 3 L, V6,
4-Single-speed planetary all wheel drive 2

Expert Review


While the biggies like Koenigsegg, Pagani, Lamborghini, and Ferrari, are still working on their respective monsters, there are a few that have already achieved this feat. With the Lotus Evija’s forward-thinking mentality, it also finds similar forward-thinking rivals. Most notable ones are the soul cousins Rimac C_Two and Pininfarina Battista.

We have referred to them as cousins since they both are built on the same platform, and are also manufactured at the same plant with an almost identical production time of one unit a week. A notable mention can go to the prototype electric supercar, Raeser Tachyon Speed which is yet to issue its first production piece but has already garnered a massive following with its extrovert design scheme in the concept.

With newer entrants coming around faster than we thought, let’s see if the latest offspring from the British powerhouse is ready to take on the competition.

2021 Lotus Evija electric Coupe Front View
2021 Lotus Evija electric Coupe Rear View

2021 Lotus Evija electric Features

For the minds working under the expert supervision of Russel Carr, design director at Lotus Cars, it is not about the number of trims they offer, but about the experience, they can offer in that single offering.
And that is reflected truly and more gracefully than the Lotus Evija more than ever. Instead of going in a linear route of being an all-out sports car, the Evija is also donning a luxurious outfit. Along with the various creature comforts, you also get many firsts that play an instrumental role in reducing the weight of the hypercar and help it to win the title of the lightest EV hypercar along with being the most powerful one.

Model

Lotus Evija

MSRP (AWD)

$2,300,000 (est.)

Key Features

First all-British Electric Hypercar which is also the lightest EV

 

The most powerful series-production vehicle

 

Active Aerodynamics and F1-style Drag Reduction System (DRS)

 

Williams Advanced Engineering developed ultra-advanced all-electric powertrain

 

Cameras instead of ORVMs which give output to 3 screens inside

 

T-Shaped Battery Pack with 4-radiator cooling package

 

Five driving modes

 

Le-Mans inspired aeronautical exterior with Venturi tunnels in the rear

 

LED taillamps and hidden LEDs inside Venturi tunnel 

 

World’s fastest charging battery with the ability to accept an 800kW charge

 

F1 and Le-Mans inspired interior with Alcantara upholstery

 

Floating ‘ski slope-style’ center console with touch-sensitive haptic feedback buttons

 

Magnesium Alloy wheels 20-inch front and 21-inch rear with Pirelli Trofeo R tires

Along with these features, Lotus grants the ability to bling out the Evija ever so slightly to make sure that the entire car’s sculpture does not die in the bedazzling process.
The front logo is being offered to be built with precious metals and there is a union jack at the back which can also be inlaid with precious metals.

Which trim should you buy?

To buy the Lotus Evija, it is best to stick with the stock configuration to make sure that you get the best out of the beast and live up to the standards of what it aims to deliver.
Though bedazzling is always available, we would prefer not to choose it since the usage will be minimal and not too noticeable.

2021 Lotus Evija electric Engine and Performance

With the power of the thunder god, residing within its veins, the Lotus Evija is not for the faint-hearted. Using a total of 4 motors (one in each wheel), each one producing 500kW or 492.5 hp, the Evija is truly a marvel on its own. To put it into perspective just how powerful that is, the Nissan Leaf uses a 110 hp motor in its entire build. The Lotus Evija uses a motor 5 times more powerful in a single wheel.

To keep itself purring, the heart of the Lotus Evija houses a 2,000 kW battery which makes it eight times more powerful than a Formula E race car. 

Models

Lotus Evija 

Rimac C_Two

Pininfarina Battista

MSRP

$2,300,000

$2,100,000

$2,500,000 (est.)

Engine

4-independent electric motors

4-liquid cooled Permanent magnet synchronous motors

4-liquid cooled Permanent magnet synchronous motors

Drivetrain

IWD

IWD

IWD 

Transmission

4-Single-speed planetary

Two-Speed Transmission

Single-speed 

Power (hp @ rpm)

1,970

1,915

1,877

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

1,254

1,696

1,696

In terms of sheer numbers, the Lotus Evija packs the biggest punch with its horsepower. The system does not need much spurring with the transmission since every motor has its own single-speed planetary gear train. This makes way for more concentration on the road and less on which gear should you be driving in. 

The car comes with 5 drive modes so that you can experience all the outfits that the hypercar can adorn. These can be chosen from the red knob on the bottom of the steering wheel. The first is the Range where it concentrates on using lesser power from the battery and offering a good mileage. Next is the City which is for daily driving with a calm and composed attitude. The Tour mode is for the highways for driving like a free spirit across the country. 

Now we move to the more fun modes, the Sport and Track. The Sport mode is to give you a whiff of what the beast is capable of since you get about 70% of the 1970 ponies from the powertrain and harness them in one spectacular push of the pedal. The beast mode or as Lotus calls it, Track, is for letting the ultimate beast to be set loose. It is the absolute ripper and all of the horses spur into action into one dramatic, exuberant and mesmerizing gallop to put you from a standstill to 200mph in just 10 seconds. 

Lotus Evija 0-60

The biggest upside to having electrics in place of the conventional or hybrid powertrain is the immediate supply of power and torque right from the start. You don’t have to worry about putting the chariot into that “sweet spot” where all of the goodness flows in. 

2021 Lotus Evija electric Coupe Left Side View

The same is the case with the Lotus Evija where you get the power to harness 2,000 PS of power in the track mode right from the time you get in. Put it on the track and set the wheels in motion (literally), and you will be catapulted forward in a way that you have never known. 

The captivating Lotus Evija puts 60mph on the dash in just 2.5 seconds.

Models

Lotus Evija

Rimac C_Two

Pininfarina Battista

0-60 MPH (sec)

2.5

1.85

1.8 (est.)

Quarter Mile (sec)

N/A

9.1

N/A

Top Speed (MPH)

200+

258

217+

Engine

4-independent electric motors

4-liquid cooled Permanent magnet synchronous motors

4-liquid cooled Permanent magnet synchronous motors

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

While the time put forward by the Lotus is absolutely mad, the ones put forward by the Rimac and Pininfarina are even more bonkers. 

Both of them are constructed on the same platform and hence share the same powertrain and transmission, and hence, put forward the same kind of time in the 0-60 run of under 2 seconds which is better than the Evija in a lot of regards. 

Lotus Evija Brakes

“Whosoever shall possess this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”

2021 Lotus Evija electric Coupe Wheel

It seems that the genius maniacs at the Lotus HQ in the UK are working to make this quote the tagline for the first-ever all-electric English hypercar.
And they are not far behind since the power figures are off the charts. And with the off the charts power figures, we need worthy brakes as well, to tame the power of the vehicular Thor. The Evija comes with almost 16-inch carbon-ceramic anti-lock performance brakes in each wheel to handle the performance streaks.

Models

Lotus Evija 

Rimac C_Two

Pininfarina Battista

Brake Rotors Front (in)

N/A

15.4

15.4

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

N/A

15

15

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,704

4,300

N/A

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Thanks to the lighter build, and immensely tuned brakes, the Evija has the capability to stop much more fluidly than any other of its segment according to its creator, Russell Carr. 

Though Lotus has not tested the car so far, if their other offerings are proof enough, they usually make good on the claims they stake. So, there is a high probability that the Lotus Evija will also be the same in this respect.

How is the drive experience of the Lotus Evija?

The Lotus Evija is a big leap forward in the world of electric mobility and automobile engineering. With its eye to the future, it maintains its legacy from the time Colin Chapman was around. And this shows in every cent of the build of the hyper beast.

To exude an RWD vibe, instead of using a flat floor-mounted battery pack, the brand used a clever tactic of piling the battery pack on top of each other behind the seat of the driver. This serves multiple purposes, just the way Chapman wanted. First, it lowers the center of gravity and allows the car to ride close to the surface like a sports car. Second, it gives more space for movement in the seats for optimum adjustment, and third, it serves as eye-candy and a show-stopper for the ones looking at the car from the back.
In the suspension department, instead of using a single spring in each wheel, the engineers opted to use a dependent suspension setup with a total of three springs, each one being adaptive. The same setup is also featured in the front suspension assembly. The rear springs can be glanced over in the rear windshield from the outside. This adds to the theatricality of the car, provides superior damping on all surfaces, and makes the ride smooth and supple.

2021 Lotus Evija electric Coupe Rear View

While most modern cars opt for a fully electric steering wheel mechanism, the folks in charge of the Lotus Evija kept in mind the pure steering feel that users will look forward to, and hence used an electro-hydraulic system. Thanks to this killer duo, Lotus claims that the system minimizes the turning radius of the car and also helps in maneuverability which is going to be class-leading by many regards.
Consecutively, when you are doing 200+ on the dash, you want the maximum amount of downforce to make sure you are stuck on the surface. This is where the one-of-a-kind and state-of-the-art aerodynamics come into play. Though the brand has not released official numbers on the downforce, it is rumored to be in the 500-700 lbs ballpark. An F1 styled Drag Reduction System (DRS) is also implemented to minimize the drag on the car when you want to go all-out.

2021 Lotus Evija electric Fuel Economy

For a technological marvel that is the Lotus Evija, the battery technology is one of the biggest markers of its genius. 

Russell Carr has revealed that his newest brainchild comes with the capability of supercharging with the present infrastructure of 350kW unit. With this unit, the Evija can charge to 80% in 12mins and to 100% in 20mins. So if you park your Evija in a supercharging unit before lunch, by the time you finish your lunch, the car will be fully charged. 

To make things a notch ahead, the battery comes with the capability to be charged with an 800kW unit as well. With this big unit, the car will charge to 100% in 11 mins. Though this technology does not exist currently, when it does, Lotus has got you covered.

Models

Lotus Evija 

Rimac C_Two

Pininfarina Battista

MPGE (City)

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPGE (Highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPGE (Combined)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Range (mi)

250

402

280

In comparison to the others, the Lotus’ range is shorter at 250 miles. The Battista betters this at 280 miles while the C_Two leads the pack with 402 miles to offer after a full charge.

Lotus has revealed that they are currently in talks with independent external battery charging unit suppliers to provide for the charging infrastructure for all the owners of the Evija.

2021 Lotus Evija electric Interior

As the Dihedral doors move upwards, the interior that you had been glimpsing from the outside so far comes into full view. And it is nothing less than drop-dead gorgeous. Hexagonal design schemes, F1 inspired touches with luxurious wraparounds, and a design scheme that almost mimics the exterior is what is packed inside.

2021 Lotus Evija electric Coupe Front Seats

The most notable and standout feature is the control panel for the in-vehicular functions which is a touch-sensitive and haptic responding panel with hexagonal shaped sensors. These are mounted diagonally from the dashboard to the center cubby to make sure that all the controls are within the reach of the driver in all circumstances and there is not much leaning about to operate anything. 

The dashboard is wrapped in premium soft-touch leather and follows Colin Chapman’s ideology of every part serving more than one purpose. The dash serves as a supporting column for the interior beams and as the holder for the A/C vents and the hexagonal shaped single infotainment screen that doubles back as the driver display as well.

Models

Lotus Evija 

Rimac C_Two

Pininfarina Battista

Seating Capacity

2

2

2

First Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Second Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

N/A

N/A

The seats are made of soft-touch carbon fiber and wrapped in a very comfortable Alcantara and leather mesh upholstery. A metal strip runs in the center of the seats with “FOR THE DRIVERS” embossed on it. This is customizable and can hold whatever you want to write on it, from the names of your kids to your favorite quote. As long as it is text, the sky's the limit.

The seats are pretty comfortable to sit on and the interiors are very “open” despite being compact. 

2021 Lotus Evija electric Coupe Cockpit Area

Thanks to the way the battery pack is mounted, you don’t ride too high which adds to the feel of it being a low-rider hypercar. This allows the seats to be mounted pretty low, thus adding extra space in the headroom and legroom. The seats have ample room for even the tall ones among us and you won’t find any issues here. The seating posture is pretty commanding yet reclines just enough to add that extra bit of snugness to it. Despite being a compact cabin, the space between you and the passenger will be significant to make sure you have ample moving room. 

The pedals are quite long and firm and are made out of aluminum and carbon fiber with hexagonal patterns which are prominent in the middle but diminish towards the ends. 

In front of the passenger, the dashboard has been “cut-out” which means that the passenger can extend their legs to the extent of the windshield (not that we would recommend doing this). Even at high speeds, the insides stay calm and serene and you enjoy the drive in every way under all circumstances. Enough to put a smile on your face. 

The other notable features that you will find in the interiors are:

  • Key-fob operated handle-free Dihedral Doors
  • “Floating wing” dashboard
  • Padded Carbon Fiber Seats
  • Lotus Infotainment screen
  • Multifunction F1 inspired steering wheel with drive mode selector
  • “Floating” infotainment controls
  • Chrome-plated A/C vents
  • Alcantara and leather upholstery on seats, dashboard, roof and steering wheel

Though Lotus has not revealed a lot of customization options for the interior, the brand might be providing glamorous options for the interiors when deliveries begin to the 130 owners it is reserved for. 

How do I play my videos on the Lotus Evija?

To keep you focussed on the driving and the drive experience, the brand has put in just one screen in the entire car, in front of the driver. It serves as both the driver’s display and the infotainment screen.
Now the screen itself is pretty interesting. It is hexagonal in shape and is made from an OLED panel. Key information appears and fades away on the instruction of the driver as well. 

2021 Lotus Evija electric Coupe Infotainment System

Before you go ahead pointing fingers, the system does come with:

  •  Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 4-speaker sound setup

The system is decent enough to cater to most of your needs in almost all scenarios. Another “quirk” that you will find is that you can set a different voice-tone for every touch-sensitive control on the “floating” center console so that you know which control is which just from the sound without having to look at it while driving.

How much Cargo Space does the Lotus Evija have?

For an exemplary piece worth millions, the thoughts of “where do I keep my bags?” is inane. The Lotus Evija is a car made for one purpose, dominance with electrification. And to aid the growth of that very purpose, all of the unnecessary compartments and features have been removed to minimize excess weight.

And so, you don’t get any space to stow away any stuff in the stellar piece from Lotus. On that note, you can use the passenger area as your cargo space if you are going to be traveling alone. 

Models

Lotus Evija 

Rimac C_Two

Pininfarina Battista

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Quite like the Lotus Evija, the Rimac C_Two, and the Pininfarina Battista do not have any cargo space to minimize excess weight in the pursuit of performance, though both of them weigh heavier than the Lotus.

2021 Lotus Evija electric Exterior

Its always said, “you eat with your eyes first”. While it is not possible for you to eat a car, the Lotus Evija is definitely a feast for the eyes.
As you lay your eyes on it, you kind of get stuck on it for the kind of sculpting that has taken place over it. Every detail has been tended to very intricately and you find superb usage of Lotus lineage in the design of a futuristic hypercar. In the words of Russell Carr,” We as designers are obsessed with jets and airplanes and that is the design language that we chose for this baby as well.”

2021 Lotus Evija electric Coupe Three Quarter View

The front houses the Lotus Laser headlamps with DRLs that have been likened to the lines drawn on the face of a warrior. With the kind of dramatics going on, it’s hard to fault the taste of the Brits. If you look closely, there is a fan at the bottom of each headlamp which is to provide cooling to the system since the laser lamps do tend to get heated up over time. 

The bodyline falls flat to the surface towards the floor with smooth contours happening as you move up the hood, which look like nostrils. These are in place to aid the aerodynamic nature of the car and help the airflow as fluidly as possible on all surfaces of the car.

As your gaze moves to the sides, you see the bodyline rising and curving beautifully over those wheel arches.

Models

Lotus Evija 

Rimac C_Two

Pininfarina Battista

Curb Weight (lbs)

3704

4,300

N/A

Length (in)

175.6

187.0 

N/A

Width (in)

78.7 

78.2

N/A

Height (in)

44.2 

47.6 

N/A

Ground Clearance (in)

4.1

3.2 - 6.3

3.2 - 6.3

Wheelbase (in)

N/A

108.1

108.1

As you move towards the side of the car, the shape turns very Le-Mans style where the wheel arches stand separately from the petite form factor. One interesting thing you will note is the absence of rear-view mirrors. To solve that issue, you will have to look at the square cut-out section on the wheel arch just behind the wheel.

2021 Lotus Evija electric Coupe Front View

This is the housing for the camera which pops out in the Range, City and Tour mode. When you switch to the Track or Sports mode, this pops back in to make the body fully aerodynamic. A hollow venturi tunnel that extends rearwards from the end of the door to the rear lamps is also visible. Though you might not be able to see through and through, if you throw a piece of cloth in it from the front side, it will come out from the rear lamps. 

The rear is the most magical and stylish part of the exterior as you see the most flamboyant and sleek rear lamps ever seen on a car. These lamps are inspired by after-burners of a fighter jet and that view has been brought in pretty accurately here.

The salient features of the exteriors are:

  • Lotus Laser headlamps
  • Full LED rear lamps
  • F1 Drag Reduction System in the back
  • Lightweight magnesium alloy wheels 20-inch front, 21-inch rear with race-spec wheel locks
  • Lightweight paint job
  • Full Carbon Fiber body
  • Pop-Out rearview cameras 

The huge diffuser with the F1 Drag Reduction System is at the back and comes into play when you shift into the performance-oriented drive modes. Also, in these drive modes, the electrically hydraulic spoiler draws itself out to increase the aerodynamic downforce.

Right from the first time you lay your eyes on it, to the time you are leaving the showroom, the Lotus Evija finds a way to fiddle with your senses very easily and optimally. And as you move away, the feeling of longingness sets in like a child for a toy.

2021 Lotus Evija electric Safety

When you have the power to harness almost 2000 horses on your command, it's quite natural that you will be compelled to spur them on and set new personal best records both on the track and on the streets.

While you are setting records, there is a lot of tech in play that is keeping you safe in these thrilling conditions to make sure you are able to enjoy everything that the Evija is built to offer. Though the official list of safety tech has not been revealed, the following features have been revealed by the brand as standard offerings in terms of safety:

  • ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
  • Airbags Driver and Passenger side
  • Fully Automatic Torque Vectoring
  • ESP Stability Control
  • Single Piece molded full carbon fiber chassis for added rigidity

Lotus has worked with CPC, the pioneer in chemical composite materials from Modena, Italy, to develop an F1 inspired full carbon fiber chassis that is revolutionary for Lotus and is the best ever.

2021 Lotus Evija electric Competition

Rimac C_Two

From a company that has only ever produced two cars, both of them hypercars, Rimac is a very niche carmaker. Thanks to its superb characteristics of performance and style, all the Rimac C_Two were sold within 2 weeks of its unveiling. Though the Rimac C_Two is not exactly a street-legal car, it is fully electric. And with its powertrain capabilities, boasts of a meaner performance streak than the Lotus Evija. With a sleek design and active aerodynamics, this is definitely the car to pick if you fancy performance more than anything and don’t care if it stays parked in the garage on most days.

Rimac C_Two

Pininfarina Battista

Mahindra owned Pininfarina realized a dream that their founder had of an original Pininfarina marque vehicle with the Pininfarina Battista. For the 2021 model year, the Anniversario edition is going on floors. Being the first car that has already seen a facelift before ever hitting the roads, the Battista looks more primed to take on the challenge set by the Evija.

Based on the platform of the Rimac C_Two and also sharing the same manufacturing plant, it is the same platform in different packaging. If you want something more exclusive and luxurious than the Lotus Evija, then the Pininfarina Battista serves the purpose more aptly.

2021 Lotus Evija electric Final Verdict

Futuristic, Modern and Insanely Powerful are the words that describe the Lotus Evija. With the panache and class instilled in this British royalty hypercar, the Lotus Evija clearly sets itself apart from the crowd and steals all the applause. To reserve one, be ready to shell out north of $300k as an advance. Though the run is limited to just 130 examples, it can serve as a boon if you want that kind of exclusivity.

It takes guts to achieve glory and the Lotus Evija is a move in that very direction. Spectacular design, superb craftsmanship, and state-of-the-art engineering strengthen the case more than ever for this eye-candy and if you want it, then make sure to rush to the nearest Lotus dealer as quickly as possible.