As the car world moves into a more electrified era, we’re all having to learn a new dictionary of jargon. You might be familiar with the idea of a range-extender. If you’re not, it’s simply an electric car (powered by motors running off batteries) with its own on-board generator, in the form of a downsized petrol engine. Flat batteries but nowhere near a plug socket? The fossil fuel engine kicks in to keep the batteries alive, thus said range is extended. Unlike a true hybrid car, the engine isn’t ever connected to the driving wheels, so instant electric torque is always a throttle prod away.
An elegant idea, but not an especially sexy one. If only it’d been applied to something low and sporty, instead of oddities like the brilliant but polarising BMW i3. Ah, that’s right – it already has been. Way back in 2010, in fact, by none other than lightweight fetishists Lotus. Meet the Evora 414E concept (again).