The Lotus Evora 414E
Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid
The Lotus Evora 414E appeared on the radar as a concept hybrid electric vehicle back in 2012, and it has finally progressed to the test track, its first dynamic and durability tests being underway at the company’s UK headquarters.
The Evora 414E is powered by two electric motor packs which deliver 309kW of power and 1000Nm of torque to the vehicle’s rear wheels, the company says that this propels the car to 100km/h in about four seconds and that its top speed is 209km/h.
Evora’s battery offers a couple other methods of charging, besides the most obvious one the car’s range-extender three-cylinder engine can be used – which has been designed to run on both petrol but also on renewable bio alcohol fuels.
The engine drives an electric generator that in turn produces electrical energy that can be used to either charge the battery pack or to directly power the traction motors.
The combination is meant to only produce 55 grams of CO2 per kilometre of emissions on the Northern European Driving Cycle, and have a pure electric range of about 48km.
When the need for power increases, such as under hard acceleration, both the battery pack and the range-extender engine combine their powers to offer the best possible performance.
Production of the vehicle is expected to be at least two years away, the Evora 414E being considered the first of a new generation of hybrid vehicles to come from Lotus.
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