Lotus Hybrid Evora Stuns Competition at Geneva Motor Show
Stepping boldly onto the green auto stage, on March 2 Lotus unveiled a spectacular concept car, the Evora 414E Hybrid, featuring a groundbreaking hybrid system, and overshadowing rival machines from the hybrid Chevy Volt and Tesla roadster lines.
The new Evora has a cutting-edge electric drive system that adds an electric motor for each rear wheel in addition to an internal combustion engine to extend the capability and driving range of the vehicle. Somewhat larger than other Lotus models, the Evora still gives drivers a race car experience with tight handling and a seven-speed transmission activated with paddle shifters. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds.
Like the Chevy Volt, the Evora 414E Hybrid has a lithium battery for charging overnight. And similarly, it has the capacity to allow for travel up to 35 miles before the range extender engine powers up and extends the range to more than 300 miles. Don't mistake this for a souped-up Tesla, however, since the Evora’s electric drive arrangement is more complex that the Tesla's. The agility, beauty, and power of the Evora make it a dazzling new addition to the Lotus fleet.
Evora 414E Hybrid Specs:
0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds
Hydraulically assisted power steering
Integrated central electronics
Chassis – modular lightweight bonded aluminum, 2976 lbs
18” front and rear wheels
Forged aluminum wishbone suspension and Bilstein high performance dampers
5.7 cu foot trunk
Mid-engine, transverse mounted V-6 with 276 hp at 6400 rpm and 252 lb. ft at 4700 rpm
6-speed manual or paddle-shifted automatic
Adjustable leather seats 2+2 in front plus leather seats in back
Lithium plug-in battery for electronic motors