Lotus To Showcase Evora 414E Hybrid Concept In Geneva

And the green car announcements pre-Geneva Auto Show keep coming. This one, showcased by Cnet, is a high-end one – the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid concept. It is hyped by Lotus as being “a high performance technology demonstrator with a plug-in series hybrid drive system and new technologies for enhanced driver involvement.”

Key highlights of the driving experience of this hybrid sports car include 0-60 MPH in under four seconds, a “total” hybrid range of over 300 miles and an “Eco mode or Sports mode featuring realistic 7 speed paddle shift with energy recuperation.” The car produces 414 PS (306 kW) of power, with its range extended electric drive consisting of “two electric motors driving each of the rear wheels independently via single speed geartrain, integrated into a common transmission housing.”

Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid

image via Cnet

Lotus added the extended range of this vehicle is supported via a special 1.2 litre, three-cylinder engine, “designed specifically for series hybrid vehicles.” One can travel up to 35 miles on the battery power alone, which is provided via “the latest Lithium Polymer battery chemistry providing 17 kWH energy storage capacity.” This is a plug-in hybrid design, allowing owners to charge the batteries overnight “using a conventional domestic mains supply through a socket concealed by the rear number plate.”

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