EVE HYBRID, March 2007

eveLotus Engineering unveiled the ‘EVE Hybrid’ (Efficient, Viable, Environmental) technology demonstrator at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show. The programme is focussed on establishing the processes for integrating hybrid technology with minimal development time and cost. The R&D t programme was undertaken by a cross-functional team of Lotus and Proton engineers working together at Hethel and Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur. The resulting EVE Hybrid demonstrator, based on a Proton Gen.2 compact midsize car with a 1.6litre gasoline engine, showcases a trio of production-representative technologies:

(1) a ‘micro-hybrid’ start-stop system
(2) a full parallel hybrid drive
(3) Continuously Variable Transmission

Compared to the baseline Proton Gen.2, tailpipe emissions are by 22%, while fuel economy improves by 28%. Press release here

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