• Aug 26th 2010 at 8:01AM
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Lotus Evora 414E – Click above for high-res image gallery

How many prototypes Lotus builds of the Evora 414E will depend on whether it gets money from the British government's Technology Strategy Board. The TSB funds and supports forays into a broad range of initiatives, including working with Peugeot on fuel cells and Ford on electric vehicles. Lotus, in partnership with three other companies, created the 47-horsepower range-extending engine in the Evora 414E as part of a winning project for the TSB's Limo-Green initiative.

Reports indicate that Lotus awaits a £23 million ($35.5M U.S.) disbursement for that project and another, part of which will go to fund development of the 407-horsepower concept car. If it gets the money it will be able to build two cars, otherwise there will only be one. That's good because this sounds more like a matter of timeline and not a risk to the project itself – the possibilities of Lotus adding its expertise to the pool of electric-car engineering is too good to let die.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      "sounds more like a matter of timeline and not a risk to the project itself"

      Indeed. And much as I would love to see Lotus bring this to market sooner, rather than later, the British people should get something more for their money than a toy car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that is a hybrid I am interested in buying. If only could also qualify for a ridiculously large government subsidy...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just hope the production version keeps those AWESOME graphics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me or is the Evora really unattractive? Especially when comparing to an Exige, this thing looks just too boring, too contained.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a Tesla Roadster clone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool Car,
      I think government should help Lotus to produce its model Lotus Evora. This car will rock the market and i am sure that lotus will pay the loan which is given by government.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank you for the answers. Bear in mind, though, that the jobs created are counterbalanced by the jobs destroyed, as the money taken from the people would have found its way into other industries. The government being famously poor at picking winners, the net effect is much more likely to be job destruction than job creation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is duty of government to help every firms in expanding or opening new business and lotus is a reputed brand government should help them. I am sure lotus will pay them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice!