Lotus starts testing the Evora 414E

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 5, 2012

Lotus said that the Evora 414E hybrid is undergoing tests at its facilities in Hethel, Norfolk. Lotus said that its durability and dynamic testing is running ahead of schedule. Lotus Engineering hopes that its latest developments will be featured on the Evora 414E range extender hybrid electric vehicle, an engineering prototype meant to display its newest features.

Powering the rear wheels are a couple of motors. It also features a battery pack powered by a three-cylinder engine that is driven on petrol, ethanol or methanol. This engine is linked to a generator that could either charge the battery or directly drive the motors.

It’s also possible for the batteries to be charged on a mains electricity supply. Lotus claims that the Evora 414E hybrid could be driven 30 miles using pure EV range.

Its CO2 emissions level is at a record 55g/km of CO2. Its name is derived from a model in Japan. In addition, its power has been evaluated to be 408bhp - or 414PS, and to offer 738lb ft. It enables the car to go from zero to 60mph in just 4.0sec and to reach a 130mph top speed.

According to Simon Corbett, principal dynamics test and development engineer, the 414E has 2.5 times the torque of the Evora S. He also boasted that the doors are “indescribable” and that it provides torque similar to “an ocean wave.” The Technology Strategy Board is the government innovation agency that’s funding this project.

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