Debuting at the 2010 Paris Motorshow was the Lotus City Car concept that blends the latest Lotus Engineering hybrid drivetrain technology with Lotus Design expertise.
The City Car concept features a Lotus Engineering designed hybrid drivetrain, with a single-speed transmission that delivers low emissions and electric-only operating range for city use.
The drivetrain provides the vehicle with an EV range of 37 miles to cover the majority of daily journeys operating as a plug-in EV, with the Range Extender engine enabling longer trips and alleviating "range anxiety".
Using Range Extender technology allows the vehicle to be specified with a smaller, lighter and less expensive battery pack than a regular EV.
The 310 mile full range and quick refueling capability of the range extended City Car concept highlights the flexibility of this technology for use beyond the city environment.
With a total vehicle weight of less than 3100 lb and 177 lb-ft of torque instantly available, the City Car has class leading acceleration; 0-30mph in only 4.5 seconds and 0-62mph in 9 seconds, when operating as an EV under battery power.
The top speed of the Lotus City Car concept is 105mph, with a charge sustaining top speed of 75mph while returning CO2 emissions of 60g/km on the ECE-R101 test schedule.
The 1.2 liter, 3-cylinder Lotus Range Extender engine, specifically designed for hybrid vehicle applications, drives a 177 lb-ft, 54kW continuous (162kW peak) generator. The Lotus City Car concept boasts zero emission capability when running in EV mode and, in keeping with Lotus Engineering's focus on sustainable transport, the Range Extender engine is designed for flex-fuel operation on ethanol and methanol as well as regular gasoline.
The concept car features a distinctive Lotus "mouth" and diffuser to give the car purpose, with the wide track, low ride height and big wheels reinforcing the sports car styling.
A glass roof is incorporated into the design to further increase visibility; under the glass roof the interior is upholstered in a green and yellow plaid fabric. The high specification of the concept is emphasized by the mix of carbon fiber, sumptuous leather and high quality equipment.