• Sep 2, 2010
Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

In addition to the pair of Evoras being introduced at this year's Paris Motor Show, Lotus will also be unveiling two front-engine hybrid vehicles, in keeping with the automaker's promise to offer more gasoline/electric sports cars. Edmunds' Green Car Advisor reports that one of these hybrid cars will be a four-door hatchback and the other will be a two-door coupe.

Lotus debuted its hybrid concept earlier this year in the form of the Evora 414E Hybrid (pictured), but unlike the mid-engine concept, the two front-engine models will utilize a 47-horsepower 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine specifically designed to provide power to electric-drive hybrids.

We'll have the full details direct from the Paris show later this month, so stay tuned.



[Source: Green Car Advisor]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Evora needs that transparent roof option. That is slick.

      As long as it is tinted, at least with the type of film that reflects UV and Infra-red, but is transparent to the visible light spectrum between the two.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Enough with hybrid sports cars....it was bad enough when Porsche got into the game...

      hybrid = dumb
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe that engine is a range extender only. And that this car is primarily electric driven. Hence, it is not a hybrid.. but a plug in electric.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The engine is designed specifically for that, it is cast complete with head and exhaust manifold in one piece, with integrated generator, and is ethanol capable. The most amazing thing to me is that is weights 123 lbs (dry weight).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, it can run off a lot of different fuels.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2009/12/10/lotus-omnivore-engine-is-10-more-efficient-with-more-to-come/

        It is either this engine, or some variant of it.

        123lb is pretty light, yeah. I like the idea of an engine i can pull out with my bare hands.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is the engine Lotus used in the collaboration with Jaguar in the Green-Limo concept. Considering this team up and Jaguar's announcement of Porsche 918 fighter, i wouldn't be surprised if the Lotus front-engined two door coupe is based on the XK platform. It would make sense given the XK's all aluminum platform.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A hot hatch from Lotus? Yes please!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is like a performance version of the Chevrolet Volt tech. The gas engine has no direct mechanical connection to the drive wheels not unlike what the Volt uses but from what i have read this gas engine is more efficient the the Volts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How do manufacturers determine displacement of the engines to recharge the batteries? I feel like if a 1.2L can propel a car, then it would be overkill to power a charger and a smaller (read: lighter) engine could be used.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The engine has to supply sort of an average power level, to account for anything between full throttle hill climbing and low-load highway travel. 47hp might be the sweet spot here.

        That's why the Volt has gone through so much testing. The 1.4L motor has to generate enough power to move a ~4000lb car. Consider that there are power conversion losses too on that poor little 1.4L motor. I would not consider that oversized by any means.

        1.2L on a car of this size and weight may indicate that Lotus is going for a sporty drive type car.. and not a gutless hybrid torture box.. in that case.. awesome!