Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Wins SAE World Congress Tech Award

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Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Wins SAE World Congress Tech Award
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The Lotus Evora 414E Range Extender Hybrid has received the SAE’s Automotive Engineering International (AEI) Tech Award for its design and engineering innovation.

Each year, editors of Automotive Engineering International select the technologies they judge worthy of an AEI SAE award. The Evora 414E, according to the judges, impressed with its potential for “real-world” production application.

The Evora 414E Hybrid consists of two electric motors that drive the rear wheels independently through a single-speed geartrain. A Lotus Range Extender engine provides additional range to the vehicle through a 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine. The Evora 414E accelerates to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a total hybrid range of over 300 miles. Its combined power output is 408 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.

“The Lotus Evora 414E was chosen for the AEI Tech Award for its unique combination of a multimode virtual seven-speed shift schemel, torque-vectoring stability control, and energy and power management optimization schemes,” said Kevin Jost, editorial director of Automotive Engineering International Magazine.

GALLERY: Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid

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  • danwat1234

    Nice, so Ford, Lotus and Mitsubishi are starting to use 3 cylinder engines and since the Lotus is using a 1.2L, sounds like it is using the same engine as in the Mitsubishi Mirage.

    The disadvantage I see is that it would behave strictly like a serial hybrid when in range extended mode. This hurts MPG on the highway quite a lot. For example the Fisker Karma only got 20MPG if you never plugged it in because it was a serial hybrid and also because it is very heavy!

    The engine should be able to directly drive the front wheels in some conditions for more efficiency.