Lotus 414e Begins Testing, Shows Off at Goodwood

Lotus 414e Begins Testing, Shows Off at Goodwood

The Lotus 414e hybrid debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and now a pre-production version of the car has begun testing at Lotus HQ in Hethel, Norfolk.

Along with the Jaguar XJ_e and the Infiniti Emerg-e, the Lotus 414e is a result of the UK Technology Strategy Board’s REEVolution project, which brought together the three companies along with a host of battery outfits to create new electrified vehicles. The UK government funded the project, with hopes of increasing the amount of electrified vehicles on the road.

The Evore 414e runs with two electric motors which are mounted in the two rear wheels, as well as a 3-cylinder range extender engine. Lotus claims 35 miles of emissions free driving, while the gasoline engine allows for a total of 300 miles.

For performance, the 414e makes 408 hp, and an astonishing 738 lb-ft of torque, allowing the car to sprint from 0-60 mph in four seconds.

A special cutaway version of the Evora 414e is on display at this years Goodwood festival of speed. Exactly how long until the car is available for sale is undisclosed, but it is good to know that despite some controversy with it’s former CEO, Lotus is moving ahead and testing new vehicles.