Lotus range-extender engine gets production go-ahead

June 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Lotus Engineering has announced that it is to develop its range-extender engine for production, in partnership with global supplier co-op Fagor Ederlan, part of the Mondragon Group. The engine is a three-cylinder, 1.2-litre unit developing around 50bhp, specifically designed for hybrid vehicles where it will serve as a generator to recharge batteries for electric propulsion. It has been showcased in the Proton EMAS concepts and Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid prototype, and is also known as the ‘Omnivore’, because it can drink petrol, ethanol, methanol or natural gas.

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