Finally a Lotus plug-in hybrid

Lotus Evora 414E Getting Ready to Blow Your Mind

One of the enduring enigma of the car industry is why Lotus hasn’t developed an electric car, EV or at the very least a hybrid, HEV and even better a plug-in hybrid, PHEV. The Evora 414E answers that question and shows a lot of potential.

When we think of Lotus, we think of efficient, light and high performance cars. After all Colin Chapman had it right, weight is the enemy. Lower weight and you lower consumption, which lowers weight of fuel onboard. Lower weight and there is less to keep on track when cornering, therefore reducing supersession constraints and wheel weight. While this now seems like a no-brainer, it was almost revolutionary in the 50s, certainly in the commercial vehicle field.

Lotus Evora 414E Range Extender Hybrid Electric Vehicle. The Lotus Evora 414E Range Extender Hybrid Electric Vehicle, REEV is an interesting plug-in hybrid concept the carmaker’s consulting group has been working on. I was lucky to sit in it at the EVS26 event and found the car to fun features with plenty of performance to satisfy most. After much speculation, the Evora 414E has started its dynamic and durability testing at the Lotus HQ in Hethel, Norfolk. So what does this mean?

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