Lotus Reveals Impossible Name for Its Type 130 Electric Hypercar: Evija

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Later this month, the name Lotus returns to the auto industry with the launch of the first major model to be developed after the company was taken over by Chinese Geely. Known until now only as the Type 130, this new electric hypercar got its official name just ahead of the Goodwood Festival of Speed: Evija.
Lotus says it chose this moment to reveal the name because at Goodwood it will show a sneak peek of the car. More specifically, a light show of sorts is supposed to reveal some of the lines of the vehicle that will remain hidden from view for the duration of the event.

As announced before, the full unveiling of the Evija will take place later in July.

Throughout the ages, all Lotus cars have had names that start with the letter “e”. We had the Exige, Elise, Evora, Eleven, Elan or Elite, among others, so keeping true to this tradition is no surprise. Yet this Evija name sure stands out as one of the oddest.

First of all, it is not pronounced as your gut instinctively tells you, but “ev-eye-a,” Lotus says. Secondly, in some language Lotus did not bother to reveal, this name is supposed to mean “the first in existence” or “the living one.”

Obviously, there are no technical details available at this point apart from the fact that the powertrain of the car was developed together with Williams Advanced Engineering, the group that brought us, among other things, the Formula E cars.

As a whole, the Evija is expected to “re-establish our brand on the global automotive stage and pave the way for further visionary models,” believes the company’s CEO Phil Popham.

The new hypercar will begin production in Hethel, Norfolk in 2020. Only 130 units of it will be built, to honor the car’s Type number.
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