Lotus has become the first established high-performance brand to launch an all-electric sports car with the Evija hypercar, despite skepticism from rivals that the technology is not good enough to lure traditionalists away from their V-8 and V-12 supercars. So why is Lotus so confident?
The Evija is not just another sports car. It's a four-motor, $2 million halo car that will generate almost 2000 hp. But Lotus and its electric battery partner Williams Advanced Engineering are still working with the same lithium-ion technology that its rivals have said is not ready for sports car applications.
"Electric power has some advantages for sports cars but also some significant disadvantages," Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told Automotive News Europe in March this year.
"The most obvious is when you use the full performance, it drains the battery very rapidly. It's counter intuitive to make the battery bigger and heavier."
McLaren Automotive boss Mike Flewitt said something similar last year. "As it stands at the moment, we don't think the battery technology will be ready until 2025 to give us what we want in terms of performance," he told Automotive News.
Bentley has also given the same 2025 date before it says battery technology will deliver the performance and range combination it needs.
Famed British F1 and sports car designer Gordon Murray was even more dismissive of the technology. "Just about the most ridiculous thing you could do at present is make an electric supercar," he told Autocar magazine at the announcement of his latest supercar project in June.