• Sep 3rd 2010 at 7:56AM
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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. 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.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      I sure hope we'll see some proper announcements this autoshow season because the car makers sure seem like they are getting too comfortable with status quo.

      Lotus talks a lot about electric but they produce the same old useless petroleum vehicles. it's time they committed and stopped the lying.

      there is not one car maker, startup or otherwise, in the world that has any existing or upcoming product that will make a real difference. not one. they are so pathetic
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lotus could become a serious automaker should they sell series hybrid sports cars. Unfortunately, I think these are just technology demonstrators to sell the range extending generator set.

      Too bad, because many, many more people would snap up these much cheaper series hybrid sports cars, instead of range limited BEV sports cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rather than Lotus getting heavily involved in mas production, I would imagine that Proton, Lotus's owner, will bring out a number of hybrid cars using the Lotus 3-pot, hopefully something in the British sports car/Mazda MX5 tradition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Car looks suspiciously lot like Tesla Roadster. Too much. Way more than Roadster look like anything Lotus has done before. Lotus is probably using Roadster bodywork production line to make those. Actually even interior is nearly identical.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Car looks suspiciously lot like Tesla Roadster ".

        Likely because the same guy, Barney Hatt, designed the exterior of the Lotus Elise, the Tesla Roadster and the Evora.

        The Evora is quite a bit larger than the Roadster, so I doubt they share much in bodywork other than looks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ??This is the Evora, not one of the two new Lotus's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Graham, that would explain the same looks, but I don't know about size difference. Looks to me pretty much same....found Evora specs. Looks like it is about 15inch longer which is biggest difference, and a bit lower. It has a tiny bit longer wheelbase too. Width is same.

        hmmm....seating for four? In that small space? Must be children seats. Doesn't look like four-seater from autoblog pictures: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/geneva-2010-lotus-evora-414e-hybrid/#2754866

        So not using same panels, but close. To my surprise it is about 300lbs heavier than Roadster. Being hybrid forcing using different battery chemistry with less Wh/kg making it heavier? Or is it just that that piece of obsolete tech they are lugging with electric motor just weights that much?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope more hybrid cars will come with manual transmission in Europe like the CR-Z. People will not buy them if it only available with automatic transmission.
      I saw only 2 prius here in Belgium.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The description sounds like a series hybrid, which would make a "manual transmission" a totally moot point. Electric drive don't need no stinkin' transmission.

        That said, there are hybrid designs that could use a manual transmission, but I just don't see it as worthwhile.
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