Lotus car maker unveiled new concept city car, it’s Lotus City Car Concept. CEO of Lotus company says the 2010 Lotus City Car concept will be manufactured in cooperation with Lotus parent company Proton and an undisclosed third party. This concept be launched in October 2013.
The Lotus City Car concept provides a showcase for Lotus Engineering’s Electrical and Electronic Integration and Efficient Performance competenci es, featuring an advanced series hybrid drivetrain with the Lotus Range Extender engine. This innovative concept car highlights the adaptability of the drivetrain technology and the exceptional capability of Lotus Design.
We gets information from carshowp.com, Lotus car city will be built in three version:one for the Asian market, one for Europe and a sportier one. The Lotus flavored Concept City Car is based on one of the three Giugiaro-penned Proton EMAS design studies, which were first shown in Geneva earlier this year.
The City Car concept features a Lotus Engineering designed and integrated series hybrid drivetrain, with a single-speed transmission that delivers low emissions, optimised performance and electric-only operating range for city use. Design in-house by Italdesign Giugiaro, powered by the EV concept model features a 45 kW (75kW peak power) electric motor that can be recharged by a 1.2 liter 3-cylinder engine. The hybrid plug-in drive system was developed entirely by Lotus.
The City Car concept is said to complete the 0 – 50 km/h sprint in 4.5 seconds and the 0 – 100 km/h [62 mph] in 9 seconds, when operating as an EV under battery power. The top speed is pegged at 170 km/h, [105mph] with a charge sustaining top speed of 120 km/h [63 mph].
The pure electric drive range is 50 km or 31 miles, but can be extended to a total of 500 km or 311 miles when the petrol engine kicks. Lotus claims that the drivetrain returns CO2 emissions of 60 g/km.