Lotus Emeya is poised to make its grand debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show on November 17, 2023. The Emeya will be the second mass-produced EV by Lotus, following the successful launch of the SUV Eletre. This electric sedan is challenging established players like the Tesla Model S Plaid and Porsche Taycan.
At the heart of Emeya's appeal is its blistering performance. The vehicle boasts a jaw-dropping acceleration, clocking 0-62 mph in a mere 2.78 seconds. This feat is going to be reserved for the the more powerful 675 kW or 905 horsepower version, but there will also be a comparatively conservative AWD model with 450 kW/603 hp output. Both of those will maintain the practicality of a 4-door, 5-seater sedan.
The Emeya is a substantial vehicle, measuring 202.3 inches in length, 78.9 inches in width, and 57.6 inches in height. Its wheelbase stretches to 120.8 inches, promising ample interior space. The top speed will be electronically limited to 159 mph.
The Emeya will be built on an 800V architecture, that will enable super-fast charging - up to 112 miles of range can be restored in just 5 minutes using a 350 kW supercharger. The battery, a robust 102 kWh unit from CATL, pushes the weight to 5,655 lb. The Emeya will weight as much as several Lotus cars from the past, but it should offer an impressive range to make up for that.
The technological prowess of the Emeya extends beyond its electric powertrain. It is equipped with two Qualcomm Snapdragon 8155 chips, four LiDARs, and two Nvidia Orin X chips, enabling advanced assisted driving.
The Emeya's record-breaking lap time of 1 minute 35 seconds at the Zhejiang International Circuit in China is a testament to its capabilities. This performance version, the Lotus Emeya R+, now holds the title of the fastest EV on this famous track, underscoring the vehicle's exceptional handling.
The China-Malaysian company, with British roots, ensures that the design and R&D are split between China and Europe, leveraging a blend of global expertise. The Emeya will roll off the production lines at Geely's plant in Wuhan, with a price tag expected to hover around RMB 1 million (approximately $137,000).