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Lotus Engineering Creates Hybrid and Electric Vehicle R&D Group

Lotus Engineering has created a new research and development group solely for electric and hybrid vehicles. The formation of this group recognizes the increasing global importance of hybrid and electric vehicles, according to Lotus, and the increasing amount of consultancy project work in this area that is being undertaken by Lotus Engineering.

Phil Barker has been appointed as Chief Engineer of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies and will report to Geraint Castleton-White, Head of Powertrain.

We are committed to driving forward with green technology for both Lotus Cars and our Engineering clients. We have made significant developments over 20 years in hybrid and electric vehicle technologies with recent examples being the Lotus EVE (Efficient, Viable, Environmental) hybrid technology demonstrator and the Low CO2 project undertaken in collaboration with Continental Division Powertrain.

—Geraint Castleton-White



They apparently read the very positive reviews of the Tesla production vehicle. Better late than never.


Lotus can benefit from recent projects that they have done with several companies. They are known for engineering, so they are making the most out of those business relations going forward. This is a smart move. It indicates to me that they have capable management.

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