This is the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid, a new car that made its debut today at the Geneva Motor Show which aims to demonstrate how a hybrid car can have breathtaking performance from a highly efficient propulsion system.
The new 414E Hybrid uses a high performance drivetrain system consisting of twin motors each delivering 204 hp (152 kW or 207 ps this inspired the name 414E) and 400 Nm (295 lbft) of torque to each wheel via independent, single speed, reduction transmissions. With these numbers the car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds.
The new car can be charged via a typical household plug or the car's onboard generator. An additional range is provided by the Lotus Range Extender engine, an optimized 1.2 litre, three-cylinder engine capable to deliver (48 ps/47 hp). The Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid has a total range of 480 km (300 miles) and can be driven as a fully-electric car for about 56 km or 35 miles.
Also, the car features HALOsonic Internal and External Electronic Sound Synthesis technologies from Lotus and Harman International, which means that it will provide sound contouring within the cabin and improve pedestrian safety outside the vehicle.
The car comes with a sports mode that can simulate a 7 speed, paddle shift transmission combining exceptional driver involvement for a hybrid sports car.
Lotus acknowledges that the automotive industry needs to meet new environmental issues. That’s why it is taking a step in the right direction as innovation plays an important part in its process. The brand has been in the lead when it comes to automotive technologies whether it involves designing engines, incorporating new technologies, or modifying energy sources.
Lotus has even been testing the limits when it comes to building new types of cars like hybrids or electric cars. The company has long accepted that lighter vehicles are more efficient and even cleaner. This fact has become even more appropriate in the world today. As such, the company continues to develop even further its bonding techniques and utilization of aluminium.
Consequently, consumers should expect to see a wide selection of production cars to be released in the next years. The company is also studying how to create lightweight structural composites to be used for higher volume applications.
A significant element of the company’s research activity is the use of sustainable materials. Lotus is also looking into having a more comprehensive understanding of how the life cycle of transport technologies will affect the environment.