British sportscar maker Lotus announced today that they, in collaboration with Malaysian car maker Proton, will unveil a new concept car at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show called the PROTON, which features the firm’s new plug-in hybrid powertrain. The PROTON is a small city car with a body designed by Italdesign, which is currently missing but will be ready just in time for the show!
This hybrid system contains a 3-cylinder 1.2 liter gas engine which also acts as a generator for the batteries which power the electric motors. Tey can also be charged via an AC socket. Lotus has also made the drivetrain including a single-speed transmission and promises low emissions, optimised performance and acceptable electric-only operating range for city use.
Dr Robert Hentschel, Director of Lotus Engineering said: “The hybrid drivetrain of the PROTON Concept is another example of Lotus Engineering’s expertise in electrical and electronic systems and efficient performance engines. The high efficiency Lotus Range Extender engine, which we unveiled to great acclaim at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show last year is perfectly suited for the advanced series hybrid we have created for the PROTON Concept city car. It is an exciting example of the diverse range of highly efficient total propulsion systems that Lotus Engineering continues to develop for its partners and clients.”
PROTON Holdings Berhad Group Managing Director, Dato’ Haji Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohd Tahir said, “Our collaboration with Lotus and Italdesign on progressive technology and design will further propel our competitiveness in the world market. Through this association, we strive to acquire and jointly develop new knowledge, skills and technologies that will ultimately benefit our customers.”