Lotus is awaiting news of Technology Strategy Board funding for its Evora 414E range-extending hybrid.
If it gets the funding, it will build two prototypes; without it, there will only be one.
The concept was unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March and is based on the Lotus Evora platform.Power for the Evora 414E is provided by a pair of electric motors – one located at each rear wheel – with a single-speed reduction transmission allowing torque vectoring between each unit. Each motor produces 204bhp or 207PS, which explains the 414 name.
The concept’s lithium ion batteries can be charged via a typical household plug or the car’s onboard generator – a 47bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder Lotus Range Extender petrol engine.
Lotus claims the car will be able to hit 0-60mph in less than 4.0sec and will travel up to 35 miles on all-electric power.
Lotus’s engineering division is also intensifying its research into the human-machine interface.