Lotus started testing a plug-in hybrid version of the Evora, named 414E. Under the hood it hides two electric motors which send the power to the rear wheels and receive power from a 17 kWh battery pack. The total output is 408 horsepower and 1000 Nm of torque. This amount of power enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4.0 seconds and to reach a limited top speed of 210 km/h. Also, it is capable of running on electricity for around 48 km.
The Lotus 414E also features a 1.3-liter 3-cylinder range-extender engine that is capable of developing 47 horsepower. The ones who want more can optionally get a supercharger to boost the output to 67.5 horsepower. This is not all the carmaker provides. A two-pot range extender will also be offered, but it will be capable of producing 27 horsepower. This output might be a little too weak to charge the batteries of a very sporty car like this one. The petrol engines increase the range to 480 km. The Lotus 414E features the steering wheel-mounted paddles that actually decrease the thrust to simulate gear changes. This way the driver will think he is at the steering wheel of a conventionally-powered machine. We do not really know if this is a good idea, because the quiet surge an electric vehicle offers has its own appeal and it should remain unchanged.
The carmaker did not reveal the launching date of the Lotus 414E yet, but it will be a very big deal for sure. 1000 Nm of torque is not something to send to waste and it will be quite hard to resist. More information will be revealed soon.
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