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Lotus Hybrid Takes SAE Tech Award

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Lotus Evora 414e hybrid

The Lotus Evora 414E hybrid car has captured the prestigious SAE World Congress Tech Award for 2013. The award was handed out at the World Congress event, which runs through April 18 at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The automaker’s range-extender hybrid was lauded by Automotive Engineering International Magazine editors (an SAE publication) for its practicality, contribution to the industry as a whole, design innovation and engineering achievements. In a statement from the magazine’s editorial director, Kevin Post, the Evora 414E drew high praise for its, “…unique combination of a multimode virtual seven-speed shift, torque-vectoring stability control, and energy and power management optimization schemes.”

Lotus Evora 414e: Video

For a few sneak peeks of the new Lotus Evora hybrid, the above video clip will take you on a very short photographic tour of the fresh-faced car.

Lotus Evora Hybrid

The new Lotus Evora 414E hybrid concept utilizes what the company calls VVA, versatile vehicle architecture. In addition, the hot hybrid uses the latest plug-in and range-extended propulsion along with cutting-edge electronic technology that is focused on driver involvement. The interior of the concept car is a work of art in itself, featuring a unique roof system and sleek seat design. The concept vehicle reaches 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, offers a total driving range of more than 300 miles, and uses torque vectoring for the utmost in stability. The seven-speed paddle shift and a choice of Eco or Sports driving modes make the Lotus Evora 414E concept hybrid one of the more futuristic creations in recent memory. A truly unique feature of the car is its HALOsonic sound synthesis. For a clear view of the car’s rear seat design, see the video clip above. The vehicle’s architecture is also used on the Lotus Evora non-hybrid model.

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Larry Bell writes about cars, gadgets, business, and history. He has been a professional writer and editor for over 20 years and enjoys all car-related topics, especially electric and hybrid vehicle news. Larry covers the auto industry for MPA and often reports live from the floor of major shows in Detroit, LA, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas and elsewhere.

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