EVO Electric Powers the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid

The first demonstration of a hybrid vehicle coming from Lotus is these days on display at the Geneva Auto Show, showcasing at the same time the Axial Flux motor/generator technology manufactured by British company EVO Electric.

Each of the two EVO drive motors develop 207 ps (hence the 414E name given to the Evora) and 400 Nm (295 lbft) of torque. They are back by a 1.2l three-cylinder engine acting a range extender.

The range extender provides 35 kW (48 PS/47 hp) of power at 3,500 rpm via an integrated electrical generator, which converts mechanical energy to electrical energy and then sends it to the battery pack. The same electrical generator acts as a starter for the engine.

“We are proud that our technology has been selected for the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid”, David Latimer, CEO of EVO Electric said in Geneva. “Projects such as this accelerate the global trend toward electric mobility”.

“EVO’s technology, though applicable to a wide range of hybrid and electric vehicles, is particularly appropriate for range extenders due to the very tight space and weight requirements of this application," added Michael Lamperth, EVO co-founder.

"For instance, the high power and torque density of EVO's Axial Flux motors and generators makes it easier to package and integrate range extenders into vehicles, and contributes to optimizing fuel economy. ”

According to both Lotus and EVO, the technology featured in the 414E offers a lower overall CO2 footprint than a fully electric car with similar performances.
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