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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Lotus Esquive – A 4WD sports EV concept car

Having not seen a good EV concept for a few weeks we've found one drawn by Mayeul Walser, a Transport Design student based in Paris. The vehcile is called a Lotus Esquive designed to be a mild off-road vehicle and along similar lines as the recently announced Mercedes SLS EV Supercar the Esquive concept comes with four wheel drive using in-wheel motors. The Esquive utilizes a carbon fibre monocoque chassis covered by fiberglass body panels.

The proposed drive train for the Lotus Esquive is a set of four electric motors developing a total of 260 hp (190 kW). Driving the front wheels are a pair of 55 hp (40kW) motors, while at the rear a duo of 75 hp (55kW) motors power the back wheels. Not just four wheel drive, the Esquive has also been designed with four wheel steering in mind for sharper cornering.

Dimensions of the Lotus Esquive:

Length - 4,000 mm (13 feet)
Height - 1,250 mm (4.1 feet)
Width - 2,200 mm. (7.2 feet)

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