Mike Stevens | Mar 3, 2010

LOTUS IS NO stranger to the hybrid technology arena, as September's range-extending petrol engine unveiling proved. This week, Lotus has unveiled its latest hybrid project: the Evora 414E Hybrid concept.

Power for the Evora 414E comes two rear-mounted electric motors, each developing 204kW and 400Nm of torque. By comparison, the 2010 Lotus Evora produces 206kW and 341Nm of torque. Lotus has not offered performance figures.

Similar to the Chevrolet Volt, a 35kW 1.2 litre petrol engine works to recharge the lithium polymer battery pack. Relying on the battery charge alone, the 414E's electric motor offers a driving range of around 56 kilometres.

With the petrol engine providing additional charge, the 414E's range is extended to around 480km.

The two electric motors send power to one rear wheel each, with a torque vectoring system ensuring stability.

Two driving modes are available, and while the transmission offers only one actual forward gear, Lotus has created seven artificial 'gears' into the system to offer the driver greater control over the process.

Lotus has also installed its HALOsonic vehicle sound generator, which pumps sound both into the 414E's cabin and out to the world, helping pedestrians to hear the otherwise quiet 414E coming.

There's no word yet on a production future for the 414E, but more details are expected next month.

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