Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid review (prototype) MSN Cars UK

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Lotus Evora 414E review (prototype)

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— Lotus Evora Hybrid

Date — 2012

Where — UK

Price — £1 million

Available — Never, in form

Experimental range-extender Lotus sports car showcases engineering talent. But it’s a way off any production reality.

We like High technology, seamless

We don’t like — cost, limited performance battery depleted

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This is an odd one. The Evora is a long way from being a reality. But certain aspects are so edge that they make their way through, it may be years yet before you get them on road-going Lotus.

The UK government’s Technology Strategy Award has put up £19 million to help the UK industry push ahead the development of advanced electric Lotus, Nissan, Jaguar Rover, Xtrac and Evo Electric bought into this and the government funds with own.

So there is a scurry of at the moment. Jaguar has its electric XJ, and Infiniti have their own and Lotus has the Evora 414E. Engineering, a separate company the sports car manufacturer, has plenty of the credentials.

Many leading car use its expertise — it built the Rolls-Royce, for example.

the 414E’s weight has risen by The batteries are a major issue

we have here is a range vehicle. Which means it runs on battery power, and the battery runs down, a engine starts up to power a to provide more electricity for the and/or the motors. The car is never by the petrol engine directly.

And is one very clever engine, the in the world to be developed specifically as a extender. The Vauxhall Ampera, in uses a straightforward Corsa engine. The Lotus unit is 1.2 with three cylinders, small and very light.

Not this Evora is lightweight. the base V6 Evora is a bloated Despite ditching that Toyota V6 engine and transmission, the weight has risen by 377kg.

The batteries are a major issue.

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The 414hp output is impressive but the 738 lb ft (or 1,000Nm) of torque is twice a BMW M5 used to produce not so long And with a fully charged the Evora 414E simply down the test track. No no gear changing, just a surge forward with a like no ordinary car you’ve driven.

There are paddles on the wheel that, at the moment, do But Lotus has plans to increase involvement in the future with a torque interrupt as the pedal is to mimic the gearchange on a regular On paddle downshifts, engine from the motors can be stepped up

Electric cars are usually quiet, but the Evora isn’t for long. The petrol engine over your shoulder is no rear seat any more the rear is filled with kicks in to provide a bit of generative to help extend the range of the Soundproofing isn’t something has had time to manage, as yet.

And there is another issue. the battery is exhausted, you are left that small petrol to generate the power for the motors. with rose-tinted specs, is going to be pedestrian.

Ride and

A 27% weight increase isn’t to do any favours to the handling of any car, but has managed to keep the distribution the chassis pretty much as it was

There is no doubt it feels responsive at the wheel and slower to into corners, but the basic package is such a great one the Lotus remains up there the best. Even the drastically steering retains its feel and

The ride is one area we can’t on. On the billiard smooth Hethel track it was terrific. But we’d that in almost any car.

Today’s electrically powered are so far removed from the old milk there is almost no relationship A milk float used of regular lead-acid car batteries and DC electric motors. The Evora and others — are sophisticated recognition.

The Evora’s two motors, one on rear wheel, are three-phase AC which means a bulky for each and 400 volts running bright orange cables. The battery pack alone 250kg.

Inside, the Evora 414E is the as a regular Evora, with bucket seats and a genuine car ambience. Only the central is obviously different, given to information on the state of the battery

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