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 |  Apr 18 2013, 4:45 PM

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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.

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 |  Jun 29 2012, 7:15 PM

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.

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 |  Mar 22 2011, 4:24 PM

The hybrid engine that first appeared in the Lotus Evora 414E concept is supposedly attracting interest from 3 major manufacturers, according, according to a Lotus official.

Chief project engineer Lee Jeffcoat told Inside Line that there is interest from “several OEMS in 5,000-10,000 units annually, for a potential annual output of 30,000 engines,” as well as smaller companies looking for 1,000 engines per year.

Among the unique features on the engine are an intake manifold pipes cast into the block, a vestige from the original prototype that used a combined head and block. The engine is capable of forced induction, but a supercharger apparently provides greater results. The engine can be packaged in nearly any configuration, and displacement has grown from 1.2L to 1.3L and now makes 47 horsepower, or 67 with the aide of a supercharger.

[Source: Inside Line]