Lotus will show a hybrid version of the Evora at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Called the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid (at least until marketing works their branding magic), the car is powered by lithium polymer batteries driving one electric motor at each rear wheel. The motors produce 207 horsepower each, so the car’s name is derived from their combined horsepower. The batteries alone are good for around 35 miles, before the 1.2 liter gasoline motor kicks in to recharge them. Total range is said to be 300 miles between charges.
Since each motor also makes 295 ft-lbs. of torque, acceleration is brisk: zero to sixty is said to take less than four seconds. Each motor uses a single speed reduction transmission, but the car allows torque vectoring between the two motors for maximum traction. A selectable “sport mode” will simulate a seven speed paddle shift transmission, so the Evora doesn’t feel like a really fast golf cart.
Lotus is also using the Evora Hybrid to showcase their HALOsonic Internal and External Electronic Sound Synthesis, which gives pedestrians an indication of the otherwise silent car’s approach. The HALOsonic system also allows drivers to select the desired engine sound for the vehicle, including a V6, a V12 and a “futuristic propulsion” sound. OK, that’s just a little cheesy for my tastes, but otherwise I’d call the concept a hit.