The Evora 414E range extender hybrid electric vehicle is an engineering prototype designed to showcase Lotus Engineering’s latest developments.
It is powered by a pair of motors powering the rear wheels and a battery pack charged by a three-cylinder engine which can run on petrol, ethanol or methanol. The engine drives a generator which either charges the battery or drives the motors directly. The batteries can also be charged from a mains electricity supply.
Lotus claims the Evora 414E hybrid has a pure EV range of 30 miles and records 55g/km of CO2. Power is rated at 408bhp - or 414PS, hence its name - and 738lb ft. It is said to produce a 0-60mph time of around 4.0sec and a 130mph top speed.
Simon Corbett, principal dynamics test and development engineer said the 414E has two and half times the torque of the Evora S and described the acceleration as “indescribable, the surge of torque is like an ocean wave”.
The project has been funded by the government’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board.