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Lotus City Car Concept -- Paris Auto Show

By KBB.com Editors on October 11, 2010 3:08 PM
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Discretely tucked away adjacent to its huge main display area, the Lotus City Car was the only pure "concept" to wear the automaker's logo. Based on the Proton EMAS that was presented earlier this year in Geneva, this advanced-hybrid exercise was intended to serve as a techno showcase for Lotus Engineering. The drivetrain consists of an electric motor/generator paired with a Lotus Range Extender engine. The former makes 72 nominal horsepower but can produce 220 peak in mode peak as well as 177 lb-ft of torque. It's directly energized by a 14.8kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack. The Lotus Range Extender is a trick 1.2-liter/3-cylinder engine that can run on gasoline, ethanol or methanol.

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With a curb weight of less than 3,100 pounds, the Lotus City Car Concept can reach 60 mph in less than nine seconds and has a top-speed of 106 mph. Lotus says it can travel 37 miles in pure EV mode and up to 311 miles with the help of the range-extender engine, all while emitting a scant 60g/km of CO2 emissions.

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