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Lotus unveils new £2m electric hypercar set to bring hundreds of jobs to Norfolk

The new Lotus Evija will cost up to £2 million and will be built in Hethel in Norfolk. Photo: ITV News

Norfolk car-maker Lotus has launched Britain's first all-electric hypercar which will cost £2 million and have a top speed of 200 mph.

Only a maximum of 130 of the new Lotus Evija will be built when production starts next year.

The company, based at Hethel south of Norwich, has already recruited an additional 250 engineers this year and is expected to create more jobs in the future.

"It really is signalling the start of some significant investment for Lotus, specifically for Hethel in Norfolk.

"We'll be taking on more engineers this year and next year and more manufacturing people not juts to make the Evija but to increase the rate of production on the current range of products which are in high demand now."

– Phil Popham, CEO Lotus Cars
The new Lotus is the first British all-electric hypercar and will run for 250 miles on one charge. Credit: ITV News

The electric car is expected to have a driving range of 250 miles on a single charge. It will take around 20 minutes to re-power it on a 350 kW charger.

The Lotus Evija is the most powerful series production road car ever built but will have a limited market with a price tag of £1.5 million to £2 million before sales tax.

You can reserve one with a £250,000 deposit.

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"I hope this is another legendary car for Lotus.

"At the price, you're going to get a few very, very wealthy individuals - they are out there.

"There are quite a few people playing in this £2 million market so I hope there are enough for Lotus.

"Whether Colin Chapman would be happy with a £2 million hypercar, I don't know"

– Steve Fowler, Editor-in-chief, Auto Express
Group Lotus Design Director Russell Carr at the launch of the Evija. Credit: ITV News

Lotus Cars says the Evija is faithful in concept and detail to the pioneering principles which company founder Colin Chapman used to build his first car in 1948.

In common with every new Lotus, the Evija has been seen by members of the Chapman family.

At a private viewing, Colin's widow, Hazel Chapman said: “It’s very beautiful and I can’t wait to see it on the road.”

The car is designed to go from a standing start to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under three seconds and speeding up to 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than nine seconds.

It will be made from an ultra-lightweight carbon fibre.