Official: Lotus will build Range Extender engine for hybrids

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Fagor Ederlan has entered into a partnership with Lotus Engineering to collaborate on technology to make the Range Extender engine, which was presented last year at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show.

It will take some time yet before production begins but already, Lotus and Fagor Ederlan have already completed a joint technical and market study. Both sides concluded that the range extender is worth manufacturing.

The 3-cylinder 1.2l engine, which will be used in a series of hybrid vehicles, has an aluminum monoblock construction. Inside this structure is where the cylinder block, cylinder head and exhaust manifold are found in one casting. As a result, cost and mass are reduced as the engine weighs just 85 kg. This unit works with alcohol-based fuels and/or gasoline.

The range extender delivers 35 kW (48 PS/47 hp) of power at 3,500 rpm through an integrated electrical generator, which converts mechanical energy to electrical energy and then distributes it to the battery pack. The same electrical generator works as an engine starter.

Generator is installed to the engine via the crankshaft. It can sustain vehicle operation beyond what batteries provide.

Fagor Ederlan Group is one of the leaders in the field of Chassis and Powertrain Engineering, offering products that provide integral solutions in the market. In fact, Fagor Ederlan Group counts as clients all major auto companies as well as Tier 1 suppliers, allowing it to share and discern the challenges of the market as well as provide a customized response to their demands.

Because of its clear service approach, the Fagor Ederlan Group was able to penetrate into the global market as a cooperative company. In fact, as a global supplier, Fagor Ederlan boasts of having 15 manufacturing sites and production alliances across the main market regions of Western and Eastern Europe, Mercosur, Asia and NAFTA. Operating within the Mondragon Corporation, Fagor Ederlan employs over 3,500 people around the world.

Its objectives include the generation of jobs in a way that’s sustainable and that strengthens its social commitment.

Press Release

Lotus Range Extender Engine set for production

Lotus Engineering, the automotive consultancy division of Lotus Cars Limited, and Fagor Ederlan, part of the Mondragon Corporation Cooperativa, the biggest co-operative group in the world, have completed a joint technical and market study analysing the best route to production for the Lotus Range Extender Engine. The study has culminated with an agreement for Lotus Engineering to develop the engine for series production and sale by Fagor Ederlan for the global automotive market.

The three-cylinder, 1.2 litre Range Extender engine from Lotus Engineering has been designed specifically for series hybrid vehicles and the production engine will offer a fast route to market for manufacturers wanting to source a dedicated range extender. The high efficiency, low mass design will enable low emissions vehicles to be produced cost effectively across a wide range of hybrid vehicle applications, as already demonstrated in both the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid and the PROTON Emas concepts, which were shown at the 80th International Geneva Motor Show this year.

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About Lotus
The main operating subsidiary of Group Lotus plc is Lotus Cars Ltd, which has two operating divisions - Lotus Engineering and Lotus Cars. Lotus Engineering is an internationally recognised automotive engineering consultancy based in Norfolk, UK. Global facilities include those in Michigan (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), China and offices in Germany and Japan.

Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to many of the world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, offering a full engineering service from initial concept and project design through development and integration of the complete vehicle to meet all worldwide markets and customers to full production. This includes third party 'niche vehicle' engineering and manufacture worldwide.

Lotus Cars builds world class, prestige, high performance sports cars for sale in 37 countries. These include the iconic Lotus Elise, the Exige, the 2-Eleven and Lotus' latest model, the Lotus Evora. Lotus is a global high-tech company, expanding rapidly and committed to driving forward technology for both Lotus Cars and its Engineering clients, spearheading research into such areas as hybrids, electric vehicles and renewable fuels.

About Fagor Ederlan
Fagor Ederlan Group is a leading automotive group focused on Chassis and Powertrain Engineering, which offers integral solutions to the market in all its product range. All the major automotive producers and Tier 1 suppliers are clients of the Fagor Ederlan Group. This allows Fagor Ederlan to share and understand the challenges of the market, giving a personalised response to each customer's demands.

A clear service approach has lead to a large international market presence. Fagor Ederlan is a global supplier with 15 manufacturing sites and production alliances in the main market regions of: Western and Eastern Europe, Mercosur, Asia and Nafta.

Fagor Ederlan is a cooperative company with more than 3.500 employees and operates within the Mondragon Corporation. The essential objective of Fagor Ederlan is employment generation, always within a frame of sustainability and social commitment.

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