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

Article by Christian A., 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.

If you liked the article, share on:

Pin It

Comments

Recommended

Back during the early of part of the year, Hyundai Motor Company became part of the Hydrogen Council which was officially launched during the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum. The...
by - March 21, 2017
Four thousand, three hundred and sixty. Nope, it’s not just a number. Koenigsegg showed off all its rivals at this year’s Motor Show as its three cars have outputs that...
by - March 20, 2017
Just like the previous years, the Geneva Motor Show has been a host to various concept debuts. This year is not an exception. Joining the lineup is Aston Martin debuting...
by - March 19, 2017
The Geneva International Motor Show has always been a favorite event for carmakers to show off their highly powered supercars. In the past years, some of the most prominent supercars...
by - March 16, 2017
While power may not be your main barometer when choosing a car, it is definitely always considered. Nowadays, having a car with a power output of more or less 200...
by - March 16, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries