Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid: the future of the sportscar?

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles have earned mainstream respect for their strides in fuel economy and reduced pollutant emissions, but the notion of a hybrid sports car is still relatively uncommon. However, one of the industry's preeminent sports car manufacturers, Lotus, has created a plug-in hybrid vehicle that serves as a possible prelude to the future of the sports car.

Lotus developed its Evora 414E as part of the Range Extended Electric Vehicles (REEV) program, which is funded by the British government's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board. It is powered by two electric motors and a three-cylinder 'range extender' engine that can be fueled with either gasoline or bio alcohol fuels such as methanol and ethanol. In addition to powering the vehicle, the Evora 414E's three-cylinder engine can charge the vehicle's battery pack, which can also be charged through a wall socket. The battery pack powers a generator, which produces electrical energy to power the 414E's electric motors or recharge the battery.

In all, the hybrid powertrain of the 414E yields 408 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. The 414E features seven-speed paddle shift transmission technology and acceleration from zero to 100 km/h is claimed to take approximately four seconds while its top speed is rated at 209 km/h.

Despite the impressive performance numbers, Lotus aims for a targeted emissions rating of just 55 g of CO2/km, by Northern European Driving Cycle (NEDC) standards. To put this into perspective, a British-specification Toyota Yaris subcompact hatchback has a claimed emissions rating of 123 g of CO2/km.

The Evora 414E has the ability to operate purely on electricity for up to 48 km, according to Lotus, while total extended range is estimated to be 483 km. Like other hybrid vehicles, the electrified Lotus comes equipped with regenerative braking technology, which converts a portion of the kinetic energy created during braking into electric energy.

While it may not reach production, the Lotus Evora 414E is a good forbearer of things to come.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Hybrid, HEV, Lotus, 2012, Evora 414E Hybrid, Electric, Hybrid, Supercar,

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