Lotus Targets Tesla With EV of Its Own Autopia Wired com

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Lotus Targets Tesla EV of Its Own

Lotus, the iconic British that helped Tesla and Chrysler develop their cars, is building a high-performance sports car of its own and says we could see a in March.

The company says the car will be a range-extended EV that, the Chevrolet Volt and Fisker uses an internal combustion to recharge the battery as it approaches Such a car would be squarely at at the Tesla Roadster and Dodge EV. two that draw much of automotive DNA from the Lotus

Don t be surprised to see an electric Lotus Lotus boss Michael tells the Financial Times . We are on the technologies that will go it.

Most of the major automakers are battery-electric vehicles, but they to be runabouts like the Mitsubishi or compacts like the Mini-E. which is renowned for building with superlative handling, Tesla, Fisker Automotive and the tuning-house Ruf in developing an electric car solely for speed. The project cements its reputation as a green-tech

Kimberly didn t offer any on the range-extended electric drivetrain saying it will deliver 300 to 400 on a tank of gas. It s a safe bet the car use a lithium-ion battery pack the Volt and Karma, which an all-electric range of 40 and 50 miles, Kimberly says the electric will become one of the showcases for the of what you can do with electric technology.

Lotus is working with a automotive manufacturer to line up a extender — i.e. an engine — and components, Kimberly says. Trend thinks Lotus is to General Motors for help, that the company has a similar for the Volt and is providing engines for the Karma. But Toyota is a more-likely given that it already Lotus with engines for the and forthcoming Evora (pictured).

Toyota also is developing a concept vehicle that debut at the Detroit auto and you can argue that no one has a better of hybrid technology.

A bigger is what the car will look Given that the Tesla is based on the Elise, and that basically stuck a battery and a in a Europa and called it the Dodge EV, those two models as the basis of an almost certainly are out. could convert an Evora relative ease: It s a 2+2 with a design, so there is plenty of for a battery pack if Lotus out the back seat like BMW did the Mini-E.

It s also a sleek, sexy car would make EVs appealing to the set.

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But Lotus also develop an entirely new car. that s an expensive proposition can take years — GM reportedly spend around $1 billion and years getting the Volt — Lotus can easily cut corners. The Vehicle Architecture underpinning the can be adjusted nine ways Sunday with relative to suit a wide range of

Lotus says VVA will it to develop new cars in less and at lower cost.

Whatever the case, an EV is a natural for Beyond providing the platforms on the Tesla and Dodge electric were built, Lotus the Roadster at its plant in Hethel, and provided technical help to the British green-power company is building an EV called the Wind Car .

which builds about cars a year and turned a of $2.9 million last is investing nearly $90 million in technology. Much of the RD is done the company s engineering arm, Engineering, which is working on from a fuel-cell taxi and limo to a two-stroke engine burns just about .

Kimberly says the electric may debut at the Geneva auto in March.

Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com.

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