The Lotus- Ethos City Car Hatchback will be the first car to be released under Lotus's hybrid car line. The energy efficient car provides passengers with a 1.2 litre, 3 cylinder Lotus Range Extender Engine which is specifically designed for hybrid vehicles and the car is scheduled to hit the market by 2014. The Ethos City Car Hatchback peaks at a mere 72 horse power but still has excellent power for a car its size reaching an impressive top speed of 170km/h. Although the vehicle is a hybrid design and meant for city driving the vehicle succeeds at living up to the Lotus name with a sleek design and spacious interior compared to other cars in its class. For a city car its performance really captures the essence of a sports car while being catered towards the environmentally friendly customer.
The Lotus Ethos City Car Hatchback can achieve 60 km on its EV plug in pack for short haul usage. For longer trips the range extender engine can achieve 500km. Compared to other cars in its class; the Aston Martin Cygnet and Nissan Leaf, its price is significantly higher for few benefits. The Aston Martin Cygnet outperforms the Lotus- Ethos City Car in horsepower and engine for about $15,000 less.
One area where the Ethos City Car really does deserve credit is its impressive acceleration. The car is able to achieve 0-50km/h in just 4.5 seconds and 0-100km/h in 9 seconds when operating an EV under battery power which also boasts zero emissions and really makes the car standout amongst competitors in its class.
Another notable feature that makes the Lotus- Ethos City Car Hatchback stand out against its competition is a glass roof which really adds to the creative design and is intended to increase visibility which is important in a car of its size. The car has also been created in a fashion to optimize interior space for the driver. In the compact vehicle market the Lotus- Ethos City Car Hatchback is predicted to be amongst the leaders in interior space.
With the car not set to hit the market until 2014 the safety speculations are undetermined but in order for the Lotus- Ethos City Car Hatchback to be competitive in its market it will need to have the highest safety ratings. The Nissan Leaf has already been given 5 stars by the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration's New Car Assessment Program and it is rumoured that the Aston Martin Cygnet will pass safety inspection with flying colors.