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BMW Megacity – Click above for high-res image

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Lotus Evora 414E Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Lotus Engineering has reached an agreement with the Spanish Fagor Ederlan Group to develop and produce a small engine for use as a range extender in electric vehicles – a system similar to that found in the Chevrolet Volt. Lotus first showed its 1.2-liter inline-three engine at the Geneva Motor Show in the Evora 414E and Proton Emas concepts.

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We knew it was too good to be true. Something about the Chevrolet Volt just didn't add up. How did General Motors, a corporate leviathan known showing very little forward thinking in the green car arena (except for the EV-1 experiment) manage to create a real contender in the EV market? The answer? They stole it from Daihatsu.

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2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 Audi A1 – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 Audi A1 – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Getrag Range Extender – Click above for high-res image gallery

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The latest product of Lotus Engineering's ongoing development work on alternative drivetrains is a new engine custom designed for use as a range extender in electric drive vehicles. The engineers at Lotus have developed an optimized architecture using a mono-block layout that combines the cylinder head, exhaust manifold and cylinder block into a single casting. Such an architecture allows for lower weight and reduced cost which is critical to making range extended EVs or series hybrids economica

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If you're a UK resident who is losing sleep, fretting that a sudden increase in the adoption of plug-in hybrid and electric cars might create the sudden need for additional power generation plants to support the load, we have news that should help you enjoy a good night's rest. According to just-completed studies, the grid in the UK already has what it takes to support a significant increase in the population of plug-in cars. The Land Rover-Jaguar led Range Extended Hybrid Electric Vehicle (REHE

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