Lotus is readying plans to build two Evora hybrids but is waiting on funding for the project from the Technology Strategy Board, a publicly funded think tank in the United Kingdom.
The prototypes, known as the Evora 414E range extending hybrid, will go forward, with at least one being built. However Lotus needs additional funding to build a second example. Two motors, one in each rear wheel, will produce 207ps, or 414ps in total. The motors also use a one-speed transmission and will allow torque vectoring between each rear wheel. The car’s electric powertrain will be able to be charged via a regular household plug, or the on-board “generator” in the form of a 1.2L 3-cylinder gasoline engine producing 47 horsepower.
Lotus says the car will hit 60 mph in 4 seconds and can travel up to 35 miles solely on electric power.
Gallery: Lotus 414E Hybrid