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Lotus Electrive concept

Lotus Electrive concept

Lotus Electrive concept

Lotus Electrive concept

Lotus Electrive by Diseno-art

Lotus Electrive by Diseno-art

Lotus Electrive by Diseno-art

Lotus Electrive by Diseno-art

Lotus Electrive by Diseno-art

Lotus Electrive by Diseno-art

Lotus Electrive by Diseno-art

Lotus Electrive by Diseno-art

Lotus Electrive by Diseno-art

Lotus Electrive by Diseno-art
Make Lotus (diseno-art designed)
Model Electrive
Concept year 2009
Production year -
Engine twin electric motors


The Electrive has three driving modes, Sport, Normal and Economy
The Lotus Electrive is an electric powered sports car concept designed in-house by Diseno-art.com.

The Electrive has not been designed as a practical everyday vehicle used for doing the weekly shopping. Instead it has been tailored to suit fair-weather weekend drives and trackday use.

Chassis
The construction of the Lotus Electrive consists of a tubular aluminium spaceframe covered with a GRP body. At the rear is a carbon fibre pod which conceals the electric motors, and rear suspension components. The suspension system is fully adjustable for compression and rebound so the car can be setup to suit the drivers preferences and the road conditions. The high mounted spare wheel (which is securely bolted to the frame when attached) acts as rollover protection for the occupants.

While the storage and cargo capabilities of the Electrive are obviously limited, there is additional space for items in the two pods located on either side of the body. These lockable drawers slide out from under the car and can hold items too large to fit in the glove box.


Drivetrain
The Lotus Electrive is powered by a fully electric drivetrain. Mounted up front is a set of rechargeable Lithium-Polymer batteries. The batteries can either be charged by plugging the vehicle into a standard mains electricity socket. Alternatively solar panels can be carried in the side pods for charging up the vehicle anywhere - although this method would take considerably longer.

Two electric motors are located in the rear carbon fibre section, one for each rear wheel. These motors can be accessed through a hatch underneath the spare wheel. They can be replaced quickly and easily to allow for varying levels of performance and range.

During deceleration the electric motors act as generators to return a small amount of power back into the batteries.

The electric drivetrain of the Electrive can be changed between three different modes. Sport mode offers superior performance at the cost of range. Standard mode creates a balance between performance and range, and Eco mode is used to get the maximum range out of the vehicle although performance is noticeably reduced.

Thanks to the electric motors a conventional transmission is unnecessary. Instead the 'gearstick' is used to select between forward, neutral and reverse. To protect from accidental switching between forward and reverse the shift ball must be partially rotated before moving.


Styling
The exterior design of the Electrive is obviously influenced by the stance and proportions of the Lotus Seven, but with a distinctly more contemporary feel. The soft rounded lines are designed to give the car a classic feel, but the clean uncluttered bodywork is also modern in its appearance.

The front end is dominated by the large oval grille and matching oval headlights. The grille itself is not technically necessary due to the fact the car is electric powered and a radiator is not necessary. However the mesh of the grille does allow cooling air to flow into the battery compartment which is located up front. The batteries themselves can be accessed through the removable grille for maintenance, repair or replacement.


Interior
Due to the fact that the Lotus Electrive is essentially a car for sunny days there is little in the way of weather protection. However the interior is fully waterproof and the seats quickly wipe down if wet. Concealed in the armrest is a custom fit tonneau cover which can be used to protect the interior if the car is parked outside.

The dash of the Lotus Electrive features two separate LCD panels. The one located behind the steering wheel is solely for the driver and displays vital information like speed, battery and motor temperature, and range. This display also suggests the most appropriate driving mode based on the recent driving style; Sport, Standard or Eco. For example if the driver has the car in the Sport setting but they are actually driving at a sedate or moderate speed then the display panel will suggest the driver switches to the Eco mode to conserve battery power. The drivers LCD display changes color depending on the driving mode, red for Sport, blue for Standard and green for Eco.

In the centre of the dash is a triple LCD gauge cluster which provides information on the vehicles secondary functions like radio, navigation and heater settings (the heater uses hot air from the battery and motor compartment and funnels it into lower portion of the cabin).



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