The Lotus Evora concept, scheduled for a debut at the Geneva Motor Show, could well be the next step for hybrid vehicles. The concept carries the sporty feel associated with Lotus, but in a much cleaner, environmentally friendly way. Evora uses a newly developed series hybrid system, with two electric motors supplying power to each rear wheel.
Motors on the Evora 414E hybrid get juice from a Lithium polymer battery, which holds enough charge to take the vehicle 35 miles. At this point, the 1.2 liter three cylinder range extender engine kicks in to take the full hybrid range to more than 300 miles.
Each of the motor provides 152kW of power and 295 pound-feet of torque, enabling the Evora to race from zero to 60mph in under 4 seconds. Transmission on the concept is a virtual seven-speed with paddle shifters. This isn’t a quite hybrid either, if you want to, the car can simulate engine sounds. The sound modes include a V6 engine, V12 engine, futuristic sounds, and a mix of engine and futuristic sounds.