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Lotus PROTON Concept

The British Automaker announced it will unveil the Lotus PROTON Concept in Geneva next week. Powered by a 3 cylinder, 1.2litre Lotus Range Extender engine and an electrical drive system, the Lotus PROTON Concept is a city car designed by Italdesign intended to offer low emissions.

The Lotus PROTON Concept will be able to run in electric-only mode, and power will be sent to the wheels via a single-speed transmission. When drivers intend to take longer trips the Lotus PROTON Concept will use the small petrol engine to generate energy for the battery that is linked to the the electrical motors. 

More details and photos with the Lotus PROTON Concept as soon as the Geneva Motor Show will open its doors.

Lotus press release :

Lotus Engineering, the world-renowned automotive consultancydivision of Lotus Cars Limited today announces its latest series hybridvehicle technology application in the PROTON Concept, which will beunveiled at the 80th International Geneva Motor Show. The completehybrid drivetrain in the PROTON Concept city car has been developed byLotus Engineering and it includes the Lotus Range Extender engine,designed specifically for series hybrid vehicles.

The PROTONConcept, a plug-in series hybrid city car, has been styled byItaldesign and will be unveiled on the Italdesign stand at the GenevaMotor Show. Lotus Engineering has designed and integrated the

completedrivetrain, including the electrical drive system with single-speedtransmission, which delivers low emissions, optimised performance andacceptable electric-only operating range for city use. For longerjourneys, when the battery charge level falls, the 3 cylinder, 1.2litre Lotus Range Extender engine is used to replenish the charge inthe battery and provide electrical power for the drive motors. Thebattery can also be recharged via an AC mains domestic outlet toachieve initial electric-only operation.

Dr Robert Hentschel,Director of Lotus Engineering said: “The hybrid drivetrain of thePROTON Concept is another example of Lotus Engineering’s expertise inelectrical and electronic systems and efficient performance engines.The high efficiency Lotus Range Extender engine, which we unveiled togreat acclaim at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show last year is perfectlysuited for the advanced series hybrid we have created for the PROTONConcept city car.  It is an exciting example of the diverse range ofhighly efficient total propulsion systems that Lotus Engineeringcontinues to develop for its partners and clients.”

PROTONHoldings Berhad Group Managing Director, Dato’ Haji Syed Zainal AbidinSyed Mohd Tahir said, “Our collaboration with Lotus and Italdesign onprogressive technology and design will further propel ourcompetitiveness in the world market. Through this association, westrive to acquire and jointly develop new knowledge, skills andtechnologies that will ultimately benefit our customers.”

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