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Lotus Evora 414E: the wheel of an electric sports car


The Evora 414E. Photo: PR

It like the green car dream – a Lotus Evora with amounts of torque, a 0-60mph of 4 seconds, and emissions lower a Toyota Prius.

However the is not a dream — I’ve the car and can confirm that it is very a reality.

Lotus has developed the car as of a Technology Strategy Board project on so-called ‘range-extended vehicles ‘, with Nissan, Jaguar Land Xtrac and Evo Electric. The aim is to showcase the UK car industry can do in the area of ultra-low vehicles – and in this case a sports car.

The car’s figures of 1000 Nm and 55g/km CO2 are achieved thanks to a that is primarily electric. the battery from the mains a driving range of around 30 but the car also has an engine that in either when extra is required, or to provide power the battery becomes depleted. The then acts as a generator for the motors, giving a total of 300 miles.

Although similar in concept to the Volt. there’s one significant The Volt has an ‘off the shelf’ engine from an Astra, with a large battery and motor. Lotus believes solution is too heavy, especially for a car.

So it has developed its own ‘range-extender’ that is extremely light: a 1.2-litre petrol unit designed to work purely as a

In reality, the engine in the current demonstrator isn’t powerful to provide sufficient performance if it had to by itself without any battery So Lotus is intending to develop a powerful version with a which would be a more solution in real-life.

The engine and batteries that the ‘range extender’ version of the

Despite the lightweight range-extender, the 414E gains a total of thanks to the battery and other components. This has an impact on the of the normally extremely agile however you do get the benefit of 1000 Nm of to help offset the extra There’s no other car that such a huge torque with the relatively compact of the Evora.

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The 414E still has good along with spaceship-like of thrust out of the corners on the Lotus track.

The Evora 414E is currently at the end of its second stage. the next phase Lotus is at a number of further innovations, one of is a simulated gearshift. Most cars are very similar to

Compared to the variations that you can by combining different petrol and engines with manual and transmissions, it’s difficult to such different personalities just an electric motor a single-speed transmission. A ‘virtual’ will provide keen with the ability to interact the car and hold it in a lower gear corners.

The 414E has been co-developed the Infiniti EMERG-E. which is the same platform with an body. Infiniti has said it be putting the EMERG-E into Lotus also has no plans to the Evora 414E.

However the is serious about the Evora’s primarily the integration systems it has developed, appearing in some vehicle through the company’s consultancy division.

• Paul Clarke is the editor of Car Guide

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