Lotus announces Range Extender Engine development

Lotus Engineering and Fagor Ederlan are to develop the Lotus Range Extender Engine for series production.

Lotus Engineering and Fagor Ederlan have completed a joint technical and market study analysing the best route to production for the Lotus Range Extender Engine.

The study has culminated with an agreement for Lotus Engineering to develop the engine for series production and sale by Fagor Ederlan for the global automotive market.

The three-cylinder, 1.2-litre Range Extender Engine from Lotus Engineering has been designed for series hybrid vehicles and the production engine will offer a fast route to market for manufacturers wanting to source a dedicated range extender.

According to Lotus, the high-efficiency, low-mass design will enable low-emissions vehicles to be produced cost effectively across a wide range of hybrid vehicle applications, as demonstrated in the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid and the PROTON Emas concepts.

Will hybrid engines define the route to more environmentally friendly motoring? Paul Newsome of Lotus Engineering discusses the issues here.