Geneva Preview: Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 28, 2010

The Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Concept, which will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show, is based on the Lotus Evora platform. As evident on this lone picture that has been released, Lotus removed the 414E's standard drivetrain and replaced it with a plug-in series hybrid drive system.

The Evora 414E is powered by a pair of electric motors, with one found on each rear-wheel. It also has a single-speed reduction transmission allowing torque vectoring between each unit. Each motor generates 204bhp or 207bhp, explaining the 414 name.

Charging of the Evora 414E's lithium ion batteries can be done via a regular household plug or its onboard generator, a 47bhp 1.2-liter three-cylinder Lotus Range Extender petrol engine.

It is claimed that the car can accelerate to 60mph in less than 4.0sec. On all-electric power, the Evora 414E can travel up to 35 miles. To have an improved driving sensation, the concept has a sport mode that acts like a seven-speed transmission.

The car is equipped with Lotus' HALOsonic Internal and External Electronic Sound Synthesis, which raises pedestrian safety through an external sound system.

Aside from providing audible warning to those outside the car, the system also simulates four engine sounds for the driver, including a V6, V12 and a futuristic propulsion sound.

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