The Lotus Evija – the British marque's first-ever full-electric hypercar and its first all-new model in more than a decade – will not come to Australia in its initial 2020 production run, despite early confirmation of local buyer interest.
Following reports from English publication AutoCar that all examples of the Lotus Evija set to be built in 2020 have been spoken for, CarAdvice was able to confirm there are no Australian deliveries included in the tally.
Exactly how many of the 130 total Evijas are to be built in 2020 is unclear at this stage.
“None of the 2020 (Evija) builds were destined for Australia,” Richard Gibbs, CEO of Lotus Cars Australia (LCA) told CarAdvice.
Although LCA had received ‘serious expressions of interest’ from Australian buyers as far back as July 2019, the 1470kW and 2000Nm electric hypercar’s debut on Australian shores has been held up by Australian regulations.
“Australian compliance for the Evija remains a work in progress,” Mr Gibbs said.
The Evija entered its final stages of Australian compliance with the Department of Transport earlier in 2020, with the model itself entering and completing its final stages of testing in England in February.
According to AutoCar, Lotus has taken £250,000 (AU$491,000) refundable deposits for the Evijas to be built in 2020 at Lotus’s ‘Factory 3’ in Norfolk.
The 130 Evijas to be built wear a complete price tag of £2 million (AU$4 million) – a hefty AU$1 million increase over the previously reported amount.
Lotus claims the 1470kW and 2000Nm Evija’s sprint from standstill to 100km/h takes less than three seconds, 0-200km/h is dispatched in less than six seconds, and 0-300km/h comes in less than 10 seconds.
Powered by a Williams Advanced Engineering 70kWh battery pack, the 1640kg carbon fibre Evija also has a claimed driving range of 400km and can be fully charged in 10 minutes.