2010 Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid ConceptEnlarge Photo
If any car company that can make a decent hybrid sports car, Lotus would be the one. Their cars are light and compact, making them perfect for the simplified and lightweight set up that a series-hybrid brings.
Thankfully the company has already built the 414E concept, shown at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The car is based off of the Evora and uses two 204 horsepower motors, one for each wheel. Batteries used are Lithium-ion units backed up by a range-extender consisting of a 47 hp three-cylinder generator. Performance is good, with a 4.0 second 0-60 time, while being able to travel up to 35 miles on a charge.
Lotus is looking to build two more prototypes, but is waiting for some government funds. England is looking to clean up its air quality, especially in London, but seems to be focused on diesel taxis and buses compared to a low-production sports car.
Still, if the Porsche 918 Spyder is any indication, the market for sports-car hybrids is pretty good. Most of the other sports-hybrids are parallel systems where the gas engine and electric motor(s) power the wheels. As mentioned, the 414E seems to be the only sporty series-hybrid, which only uses the electric motors to power the wheels, making giving it a more unique spin on the market.
Sports-hybrids seem to be the way of the future, and Lotus seems to be on the right track.