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  • Lotus Evija

    Lotus claims that its upcoming Evija electric supercar will be the most powerful new car with electric motors, producing an anticipated 1,973 hp.

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    Elon Musk's Next Project: Electric James Bond Lotus Submarine

    There's an old saying that goes "boys never grow up, their toys just get bigger". Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk certainly has some big toys, as the founder of an electric car company and SpaceX among other things. But it turns out he has one toy that any boy would be envious of: the Lotus Esprit from...

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    Lotus Shows Carmakers How To Shed The Pounds, CARB Agrees

    There's a phrase oft-quoted in the automotive world when the topic of lighter cars is discussed. The phrase, "add lightness", originated from Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus Cars and builder of some of the best sports cars and racing vehicles ever made. And the influence has remained--Lotus still...

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    Infiniti Emerg-E Concept: Based On Lotus Evora Hybrid

    The 2012 Geneva Motor Show had plenty to draw the eye, not least the shapely promo girls on every stand--but the undisputed star of the show was Infiniti's Emerg-E hybrid concept car. Both a work of art and a work of high-tech engineering, the mid-engine sports car uses a plug-in hybrid...

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    2013 Lotus Esprit Gets Hybrid Drivetrain, But Only For Base Model

    Think of Lotus, the small British sports car manufacturer, and you probably think of small, cramped but agile drivers’ cars like the Exige Coupé or the Elise Roadster. Low on creature comforts and big on power to weight ratios, Lotus cars have traditionally focused on performance, not...

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    Electric-Car Range Extender Engines: OK Now, Can Do Better

    Electric cars like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2011 Fisker Karma get around the problem of range anxiety the old-fashioned way: They use gasoline engines. They do it because the battery systems of pure electric vehicles are large, heavy, and expensive, but the range they produce is still...

  • Lotus Engineering Range Extender

    Most car buyers haven't even heard the term "range extender" yet. But over time, expect it to become more familiar, as electric cars like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt introduce the concept of a gasoline engine that turns a generator to produce electricity to power the vehicle. Tiny, powerful, efficient At the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Lotus Engineering unveiled a tiny, 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine designed solely for use as a range extender. Now, 18 months later, Lotus has taken the wraps off an improved version of its engine, plus a new, more powerful supercharged model. Both designs...

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    Lotus Minicar Confirmed For 2013 Launch

    With the handful of new production intent concept cars Lotus showed off at the recent 2010 Paris Auto Show, it’s evident the automaker, typically focused with lightweight sports cars, is trying new things. What’s interesting to see is that Lotus is expanding towards both ends of the new...

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    Your Next Lotus May Be A Hybrid

    Okay, so you first have to be able to afford a Lotus, which I can tell you is not in my financial plans for the future. However, if you are lucky enough to put a brand new Lotus on your to-do list, then you might want to wait until more about the future of their hybrid powertrain is unveiled. If...

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    2015 Lotus Elite Coupe To Offer Flywheel Hybrid Option For V8

    Add Lotus to the list of luxury and sports car makers offering hybrid models to raise fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. It won't be on the market until the "spring of 2014," says Lotus, but 10 days from now at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, it will introduce a concept for its...

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    Jaguar Tests Flywheel Hybrid System Just Like Racing Porsche

    Since Ford sold Jaguar Land Rover to Indian carmaker Tata in TK, the luxury maker has stepped out a bit. Their green efforts have taken down several interesting technology paths that seem unlikely had they stayed underneath the Blue Oval of Dearborn. The latest to surface is a demonstration vehicle...

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    Two New Lotus Hybrid Concepts Pegged For 2010 Paris Auto Show

    Lotus is proving to be a major player in the hybrid and electric vehicle segments, having been the provider of the rolling chassis for the Tesla Roadster and also the supplier of engineering expertise for a number of production and concept hybrid vehicles launched by automakers around the globe...

  • Lotus Range Extender 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine and generator

    Lotus Engineering, the British sports car company’s automotive consultancy division, together with parts supplier Fagor Ederlan has announced today that it plans to develop its compact three-cylinder range extender engine for production. Lotus will be handling the engineering side while Fagor Ederlan will be supplying it to other firms, possibly including the major automakers, all around the globe. The three-cylinder 1.2-liter mill features aluminum "monoblock" construction, meaning the block, cylinder head, and even the exhaust manifold are integrated into a single casting. As a result, it...

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    2010 Geneva Motor Show: Green Car Concepts Roundup

    Yesterday we covered the new green production cars at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, now underway in snowy Switzerland. Today, we get to cover the cooler, sexier side of the show: concept cars! So, here's our roundup of notable green and advanced-technology concept cars at Geneva. Audi A1 e-tron...

  • Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid
    Lotus Brings Hybrid Technology To Geneva Next Week

    Who Says You Can Have Some Sports With Your Hybrid

  • Proton Country concept, 2010 Geneva Motor Show
    Tiny Lotus Engine Powers Proton Series Hybrid Mini-Car Concept

    Normally we wouldn't cover a Malaysian mini-car concept exhibited at an auto show in Switzerland. But we're making an exception for the Proton Concept, which will be unveiled next week at the Geneva Motor Show in three different body styles. That's because Proton is the first maker to use the new...

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    Range-Extended Electric Jaguar Luxury Sedan: Details Emerge

    The U.S. government isn't the only one that gives grants and loans to help automakers develop advanced-technology vehicles. The U.K. government's Technology Strategy Board does it as well, for companies that build cars there. Luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover, collaborating with Lotus Engineering...

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    Will Jaguar Have the First Hybrid Born From Jet Turbines?

    "Born From Jets" may be the slogan of recently-saved-from-death Swedish Saab, but one day it may prove more appropriate for British carmaker Jaguar. The company has been awarded funding from the U.K. government to develop a small jet turbine as a range extender for a future hybrid luxury car. Its...

  • Toyota Prius body damage

    With early data now showing that hybrid cars seem to hit pedestrians more often, carmakers are ramping up efforts to find ways of alerting people when a nearby car is operating in electric mode. Now the UK's Group Lotus Engineering has come up with a noise-generating system, one of several approaches to noise-making equipment for electric-drive cars. Its HALOsonic External Electronic Sound Synthesis system creates a range of different noises, from a droning buzz to simulated exhaust sounds from a variety of virtual engines. Their reversing ping sounds particularly annoying, and we're not...

  • Tesla Model S Sedan
    More Tesla Turmoil? Executive Turnover Continues

    Executive turnover continues at Silicon Valley electric-car startup Tesla Motors, with three executives leaving in nine months and two more hired. The turnover comes both in Vehicle Engineering--the group that must executive and deliver the 2012 Tesla Model S electric luxury sports sedan--and in...

  • Lotus Range Extender 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine and generator
    Let the Range Extender Wars Begin: Lotus Unveils Tiny Engine

    We've written before about upcoming tiny, powerful engines that perform like much bigger versions but get far better gas mileage. Now, British sports-car maker Lotus has used those lessons in an engine designed just for the extended-range electric vehicles of the future. At next week's Frankfurt...

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    2010 Lotus Evora: The New Porsche 911 Challenger in Super Car Style

    Love the Elise But Need More Space? This Might Be the Car For You

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    Ex-McLaren Designer Working on P1-E Electric Sports Car

    Former McLaren designer, Jim Dowle (now of his own company JJAD) is creating an electric sports car and the specs sound promising. Instead of the previously announced, gasoline powered P1 project which was originally intended to compete with the Lotus Exige, the P1-E will have a four-wheel drive...

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    Lotus Planning to Demonstrate an E-REV

    Yesterday Michael Kimberly, CEO at Lotus, was quoted in the Financial Times saying that we ought not be surprised to see an electric Lotus in the near future. Using range-extending technology similar to that of the eagerly-anticipated Chevrolet Volt, this Lotus will use a fuel-based back-up to...

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