2010 Paris Auto Show: Lotus City Car Concept [Live Photos]
This is a three-door four-seater that comes with strong lines, sporty details, a wide track and a low ride height and includes interesting features such as a glass roof.
The vehicle is powered by a series hybrid drivetrain that consists of a 47 hp 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine, which acts as a range extender and an electric motor that generates 54 kW (73 hp) of continuous power. The internal combustion engine can also run on ethanol or methanol. The system also includes a 14.8 kWh battery and a single-speed transmission.
The vehicle, which weighs less than 1,400 kg can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 9 seconds and offers a top speed of 105 mph (170 km/h). It offers an electric-only range of 37 miles (60 km), with the total range standing at 310 miles (500 km). The vehicle releases CO2 emissions of 60 grams per km for the ECE-R101 test cycle.
“Lotus Design has created a vehicle that condenses the essence of Lotus into a low carbon Lotus City Car, with many inspired design touches. The progressive technology from Lotus Engineering gives the car an advanced drivetrain that can be operated in Zero Emissions EV mode or run on its flex-fuel engine,” said Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus.
You can check out the press release below (PDF file) for the full details.
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