Famed British carmaker Lotus, already working with Tesla on their amazing EV sports car, has been selected by Brazil’s Obvio! to develop two high-performance “trybrid” vehicles.
The model 012 pictured above sits three across and will be available in both hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, along with a choice of three engine sizes. The vehicle will be able to run on gasoline, ethanol (in blends all the way up to E100 – 100% ethanol), or on natural gas. The hybrid will start at US $28,000 and will be available in Q2 2008, while the plug-in hybrid will go on sale in Q4 2008 for $59,000. When paired with the most powerful engine Obvio! offers, the plugin 012E should reach 60mph from a standstill in only 4.5 secs.