This Is the World's Fastest-Charging EV and It Is Way More Expensive Than a Tesla Model S

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If you haven't heard much about the Emeya, that's all right. Here is all you need to know: it's got a bold styling, it's fast, and it's got super fast charging. In fact, it is the world's fastest-charging available today. And we've got Lotus to "blame" for it.
Lotus announced that its first electric hyper-GT, Emeya, comes with a record-breaking charging time, using the public charging network. This means that it can charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 14 minutes when connected to a 400-kW (600A capable) DC fast charger. These numbers make it one of the world’s fastest charging EVs today.

The record-breaking figures were validated by leading global consulting firm P3. Emeya was in the lead as the fastest-charging EV tested against market-leading global electric vehicles. Other vehicles tested by P3 were the Mercedes EQS, the BMW i7, the Tesla Model Y, the Genesis Electrified G80, the Xpeng G9, the Kia EV9, the Hyundai Ioniq 6, Nio ET5, and BYD Atto 3.

The testing report also reveals that the Emeya can reach a peak charging power of 402 kW, with an average charging of 331 kW between 10 and 80 percent battery state of charge.

According to the WLTC, the Emeya has an energy consumption of 18.7 kWh/100 km (62 miles), resulting in gaining 310 kilometers (193 miles) of range in 10 minutes.

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Photo: Lotus
For this performance, Lotus uses a cell-to-back battery structure. The technology allows for 20 percent more cells to be packaged in the same space compared to a standard module architecture. The Emeya also features a new cooling system architecture that improves the thermal performance and efficiency of the battery pack.

Lotus is trying to make life easier for EV owners. It has developed its own app, offers its own charging card, and ultra-fast DC fast charger of up to 450 kW. The Charging Card allows drivers to access the charging network to find all the necessary information.

They can also track their charging history, manage costs, and monitor the charging level of the battery remotely.

The automaker partnered up with Bosch to offer Lotus owners access to more than 700,000 public chargers across 30 European countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.

Through its partner, Mobilize Power Solutions, Lotus is unlocking the home as a primary charging location and offers an all-inclusive package that includes the supply and installation of a charging point with personalized support.

Lotus has already started delivering the Emeya back in March to the Chinese customers and will start deliveries in the UK and other European countries in the third quarter of 2024.

Those in Europe who want to drive a Lotus Emeya home must know the pricing starts at 106,400 euros, which is the equivalent of approximately $116,000. That is more expensive than the Tesla Model S Plaid, which starts at $108,000 in the US.

For that much money, customers will get a car sporting a dual-motor powertrain, which generates 905 horsepower and 727 pound-feet of torque for a run from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 kph) in just 2.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph.
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