Like many other performance-oriented automakers, Lotus has been looking for a way to offer a more fuel-efficient car that doesn't lose any performance, and the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid could be that very car. Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Evora 414E Hybrid demonstrates the possibilities for more advanced vehicle technologies at Lotus, but so far, there is no word on whether the British automaker plans to make this into a production model.
Utilizing a range-extended series hybrid system (the same type of system as what is currently used in the Chevrolet Volt), the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid pairs two electric drive motors with a power-generating internal combustion engine. The electric motors drive the rear wheels while a three-cylinder engine capable of running on gasoline, methanol and ethanol is used to generate electric power for the car. This range-extended hybrid system is said to greatly reduce carbon dioxide exhaust emissions from 217 g C02/km (on the regular Evora) to just 55 g/km. For comparison, the Chevrolet Volt is rated at 27 g C02/km while the Toyota Prius Plug-In is 49 g C02/km; Lotus did not announce any figures for expected fuel and/or electricity consumption for the Evora 414E Hybrid.