• Feb 22nd 2008 at 12:42PM
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Group Lotus is a holding company that includes two major business units, Lotus Cars and and Lotus Engineering. The Cars side builds the famed British sports cars like the late Esprit and the current Elise and Exige. Lotus Engineering has worked with almost every major carmaker on various projects over the last several decades. In the past few years they have made a major push into more environmentally-friendly technologies. Everyone on this site likely knows of their involvement with Tesla Motors as well as work that they have done with Zap. The company has now established a group within the Engineering side that will focus on hybrid and electric vehicles. CEO Mike Kimberley has named Phil Barker as Chief Engineer of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies and he will head up the new group within the Powertrain department. The Lotus press release is after the jump.
[Source: Lotus Engineering]

Lotus Announces Introduction of Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Group

Lotus Engineering, the world renowned automotive consultancy division of Lotus, has created a new research and development group solely for electric and hybrid vehicles. The formation of this group recognises the increasing global importance of hybrid and electric vehicles, and the increasing amount of consultancy project work in this area that is being undertaken by Lotus Engineering.

Mike Kimberley, Chief Executive Officer for Group Lotus plc, said, "I am pleased to confirm the formalisation of this existing team, which will support our strong global growth on ecological technologies. We have an intensely proactive growth plan over the next five years and we are already seeing substantial increases in third party client work for our global client base, of which considerable research and development into hybrid and electric vehicles is a major part. Indeed over the next five years, Lotus will further reinforce its position as a world leader in green transport engineering."

Phil Barker has been appointed as Chief Engineer of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies and will report to Geraint Castleton-White, Head of Powertrain. Geraint is delighted with the group's formation: "We are committed to driving forward with green technology for both Lotus Cars and our Engineering clients. We have made significant developments over 20 years in hybrid and electric vehicle technologies with recent examples being the Lotus EVE (Efficient, Viable, Environmental) hybrid technology demonstrator and the Low CO2 project undertaken in collaboration with Continental Division Powertrain."

Phil will have full responsibility for research and development of hybrid and electric vehicles within Lotus Engineering and is relishing the challenge: "This is a fantastic opportunity for me to continue the already ground-breaking and successful work conducted on hybrid and electric vehicles by Lotus Engineering. We already have an incredibly strong team of engineers working in this area and the formalisation of this group further enhances our ability to provide both Low CO2 and zero emissions vehicle solutions to our clients."

Phil (41) began his career at Lotus in 2003 as an Executive Engineer focusing on hybrid and electric vehicles. Prior to joining Lotus, he spent over 13 years working for independent automotive design consultancies. Phil is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Coventry University and is a Chartered Engineer. He is married and has two young children.

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      Throwback, while I get your point about weight, I don't think there is a better platform to start with. The Tesla is 1000lbs heavier than the Elise, but that it still lighter than most other new "sporty" vehicles by several hundred pounds. If they had based the Tesla on the C6 Corvette, as an example, The resulting vehicle would probably be closer to 4000lbs. The motor in the C6 is bigger and heavier, sure, but it's not THAT heavy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think its great that Lotus is pursuing these initiatives. Some of the technology is really cutting edge. Their project with Zap is an EV that does 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can understand Lotus Engineering getting into hybrid and electric research. However, both would be an anathema to what Lotus has always stood for, Lightweight, extremely agile and frugal cars. Just look at the weight difference between an Elise and a Tesla roadster. yes the Tesla performs well but it is very heavy compared to the Elise. The Elise could run a 140hp turbo 1.2L engine and get gas mileage above 40 mpg, and still be a great drive.
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