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Lotus Evija name rumoured for new electric hypercar

Luke Wilkinson 2019-06-24 16:18

Lotus Evija nameplate could be worn by either the Type 130 hypercar or the brand’s forthcoming sports car

Lotus’ upcoming hypercar could be called the Lotus Evija, after the British sports car manufacturer filed to trademark the name. Currently known as the Type 130, the electric hypercar will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The firm has applied to registered the Evija name under a variety of different trademark classes, ranging from toys to vehicle development. This suggests the British firm is more than just ring-fencing the name for possible future use. However, Lotus declined to comment.

Lotus Type 130 hypercar

The Type 130 will be officially revealed on 16 July at a special event in London. The proximity of the launch is another indicator that Evija is, in fact, the name Lotus has decided on for the vehicle.

The all-electric Type 130 will be Lotus’s first all-new model in over a decade and marks the firm’s rebirth under its new owner, the Chinese auto giant Geely. Other than its limited production run of just 130 units, little has been confirmed about the new model.

Much like Aston Martin’s “V-badged” cars (such as the Vantage, Vanquish and Virage), Lotus’s Evija nameplate follows the brand’s long lineage of “E-badged” range of vehicles. Since 1956, and the birth of the Lotus Eleven racer, the British manufacturer has issued its cars with ten names starting with the letter “E,” including Elite, Elan, Esprit, Evora and Exige.

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