Feeds

Lotus details meths-drinking hybrid e-car engine

Developed for e-Jag?

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Leccy Tech Lotus has announced details of an engine designed specifically as a range extender for hybrid e-cars.

According to the Norfolk-based car maker, the three-cylinder 1.2l engine has been optimised to perform at two power generation points, developing 15kW (20bhp) at 1500rpm and 35kW (47bhp) at its maximum 3500rpm via an integrated electrical generator. Peak torque of 107Nm (79lb ft) is generated at 2500rpm.

The engine is made entirely of aluminium, with the cylinder block, cylinder head and exhaust manifold all part of a single casting. Dry weight is given as 56kg (123lbs) including the generator.

Lotus Range Extender Engine

Lotus' range extender engine: destined for the upcoming e-Jag?

With a view to the US market, the engine will run on ethanol and methanol as well as unleaded.

The engine has been developed by Lotus as part of the Limo Green project, which also numbers Jaguar Land Rover, the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) and Caparo Vehicle Technologies among its supporters.

The project's goal is to develop a large luxury saloon with CO2 emissions of less than 120g/km, so it's more than likely that this is the engine that will power the range-extended hybrids that Jaguar and Land Rover are believed to be working on.

The Lotus Range Extender Engine will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show which opens later this month. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
What's that STINK? Rosetta probe shoves nose under comet's tail
Rotten eggs, horse dung and almonds – yuck
Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill
Hiding from this space pimple isn't going to do humanity's reputation any good
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
LONG ARM of the SAUR: Brachially gifted dino bone conundrum solved
Deinocheirus mirificus was a bit of a knuckle dragger
MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less
'Some might find this idea offensive' boffin admits
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.