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Geneva 2010: Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Concept
This is the first teaser image of the 408hp Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid concept, which will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next week.The concept showcases new developments in plug-in, range-extended electric propulsion, new electronic technologies to enhance driver involvement, the adaptability of the Lotus Versatile Vehicle Architecture (VVA) that underpins the Evora 414E Hybrid and a dramatic new roof system and interior concept from Lotus Design.
For the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid—so-named because it produces 414 PS (306 kW, 408 hp) of power—Lotus Engineering developed a drivetrain system consisting of two electric motors -- one delivering 204 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque to each rear wheel -- that operate independently through single-speed reduction transmissions, which live in a single housing.
Electrical power is stored in a lithium polymer battery pack optimised for energy density, efficiency and high power demand, mounted in the centre of the vehicle for stability and safety. Additional range is provided by the Lotus Range Extender engine, an optimised 47-horsepower, 1.2 liter, three-cylinder engine, designed specifically for series hybrid vehicles. The drivetrain is designed to combine astonishing performance with efficient, low emissions driving.
The Evora 414E can travel 35 miles on battery power alone. After that point, the engine becomes a generator, supplying the motors with electricity and topping off the lithium polymer battery pack that sits in the middle of the chassis. Charging is an overnight affair, and the socket hides under the rear license plate.
The Lotus Evora 414E can reach 60 mph in less than four seconds and travel over 300 miles.
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