Geneva Preview: Proton Concept car to showcase Lotus’ advanced series hybrid drivetrain

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 29, 2010

One of the most highly anticipated displays at the Geneva Motor Show is the Proton Concept. Lotus Engineering, the consultancy arm of Proton, will be supplying this concept with a complex hybrid powertrain.

Dr Robert Hentschel, Director of Lotus Engineering, described the hybrid drivetrain of the PROTON Concept to be "another example of Lotus Engineering" expertise in electrical and electronic systems and efficient performance engines."

He said that the Lotus Range Extender engine, which had its unveiling at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show last year, is "perfectly suited" for the advanced series hybrid that had been created for the PROTON Concept city car.

He also said that this engine is a part of the diverse range of highly efficient total propulsion systems being developed by Lotus Engineering.

The Proton Concept, a plug-in series hybrid city car, can operate in electric mode during city use due to an electrical drive system with single-speed transmission. This is mated to a 3 cylinder 1.2 liter engine (dubbed the "range extender") that will recharge the battery and provide electrical power for the drive motors.

A standard domestic outlet can be used for recharging. Proton Holdings Berhad Group Managing Director, Dato's Haji Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohd Tahir, said that the collaboration with Lotus and Italdesign will "further propel [its] competitiveness in the world market."

With this relationship, Proton aims to "acquire and jointly develop new knowledge, skills and technologies" to benefit customers.

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