Lotus Evora With Tesla Electric Motor & Chevrolet Volt Batteries – Video

4 months ago by Steven Loveday 11

Speed Academy asks Sasha Anis – the racer and owner of a drift car, and the man they call “the guy with the craziest Z” – why he would ever be interested in turning a Lotus Evora into an electric race car.

Sasha’s reply:

I guess there’s a couple of points … and without being too much of a tree hugger, I do think that inevitably, we need to make a change … to stop burning all the gasoline that our planet has.”

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He talks of electric propulsion being simpler and cleaner. If electric performance had the time to mature that ICE cars have had, there would be no comparison. It’s time for racers to prove that electric vehicles can outperform their gas counterparts.

Sasha considered a Porsche Cayman for the project, but it was too complicated. The Lotus has an aluminum frame that comes off easily, in one piece, making the switch very straightforward. The simple engineering and mid-engine design make it an ideal candidate. He also notes that the Evora itself is a terrible performer, thus the project betters a car that possesses excellent “potential.” This wouldn’t be so much the case with a Porsche platform. Added to all of this, the original Tesla Roadster was based on the Lotus Elise, the Evora’s little sister.

The project utilizes a Tesla Model S 85 drivetrain (not the performance model). It puts out about 360 horsepower. He picked up the motor at a salvage yard, from a wrecked Model S. Two batteries from a 1st gen Chevrolet Volt complete the package. Each is about 16 kWh, so it has a total of 32 kWh of battery capacity.

Video Description via Speed Academy on YouTube:

We follow along as Sasha Anis builds a Lotus Evora Electric Car Project using a Tesla electric engine and Chevy Volt batteries.

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11 responses to "Lotus Evora With Tesla Electric Motor & Chevrolet Volt Batteries – Video"

  1. CLIVE says:

    Excellent.

    Why not!

  2. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    I like this backyard DIY stuff man!!!!

  3. Sublime says:

    “without being too much of a tree hugger, I do think that inevitably, we need to make a change … to stop burning all the gasoline that our planet has.”

    That is really the point environmentalists should argue. There is evidence that GW is real, there is also a lot we don’t understand about the global checks and balances the earth’s ecosystem provides. That uncertainty opens the door for debate.

    Sustainability though is not debatable. We know where oil comes from and we know we’re consuming it at a rate that far outstrips its production. That buffer in our oil supply chain that starts with the sun and ends at the fuel pump, took billions of years to create and we’re running through it quickly.

  4. David Murray says:

    I am quite curious to see how he is going to fit TWO full Chevy Volt battery packs in that small car..

    1. Sublime says:

      I think next week’s video is on installing a roof rack.

    2. Samwise says:

      Given the battery’s shape, using some elite Tetris skills I imagine.

  5. Warren says:

    My buddy has 24 kWh of Volt cells in his Ford festiva right now.

    http://www.evalbum.com/4920

    I suspect it can be done, but there won’t be room for child cars seats. 🙂

  6. Vexar says:

    I’m unimpressed. Not enough kW out of those batteries to get close to the potential of the motor. This is a looks and novelty project, not a record breaker.

    1. Neromanceres says:

      He is using a Model S 85 electric motor which is rated at 285KW. GM caps the output of the Gen I Volt batteries at 111KW each. So by the very conservative GM spec that would be 222 KW. I don’t think pushing them to 285KW is that much of a stretch. And as he states in the video the voltage drop across the Volt packs are less. Which seems the Volt chemistry is much more power dense vs the energy dense Tesla Batteries.

  7. Bill Howland says:

    Who ever heard of putting an electric motor in a Lotus? Ridiculous!

    Oh, wait a second…. I drove a Lotus Elise with a motor for 4 years…. Forgot about that. 53 kwh battery when new.

  8. ZikZak says:

    Lotus tried with the 414E.

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