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Lotus Engineering reveals Engine Expo North America plans

Visitors to Engine Expo North America 2011, which takes place on 25, 26 and 27 October in Novi, Michigan, will be interested to learn that Lotus Engineering has confirmed plans to exhibit at the event.

Darren Somerset, head of North American operations, explains how the company will use the powertrain fare: “In the USA, we have developed a position of technology leadership in lightweight architectures, driving dynamics, efficient performance and electrical/electronic integration. As such, Lotus Engineering will showcase the results of its expertise in some of these areas, including the Lotus Range Extender – a compact, lightweight, low-cost engine and generator designed for hybrid electric vehicles; the Exige 270E Tri-fuel, which is part of Lotus’s research to understand the complex combustion process involved in running on mixtures of alcohol fuels and gasoline; and the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid concept, which showcases new developments in plug-in, range-extended electric propulsion and electronic technologies that enhance driver involvement.”

Engine Expo is North America’s exciting and new dedicated international trade fair for automotive powertrain design, production, components and technology.

For 12 years, Engine Expo Stuttgart has offered suppliers a proven and effective forum to meet key engineers and decision makers from powertrain teams at OEM car, bus, and truck companies. Now this successful formula will be launched at the Suburban Collection Showplace, formerly known as Rock Financial Showplace, Novi, Michigan, USA.

Staged at the same time as Automotive Testing Expo, where many of the world’s leading engine test equipment companies will also be exhibiting, Engine Expo North America aims to create an exceptional environment for evaluating new components and products, meeting the industry, consolidating existing business relationships and keeping up with the latest concepts and ideas.

Situated right in the heart of Engine Expo, the Open Technology Forum is free to attend and features the latest technologies, concepts, and business-related presentations from many of the world’s leading experts in powertrain design, development, manufacture, logistics, and marketing. Topics include emissions reduction, downsizing, hybrid powertrains, forced induction and transmissions.

As electric and hybrid technologies move closer to center stage, Engine Expo North America will offer a unique opportunity to the alternative powertrain community by hosting the Electric & Hybrid Pavilion. Centrally located within Engine Expo, the pavilion will enable its exhibitors to reach an audience of key developmental personnel from major OEMs and Tier 1 system suppliers, as well as from the independent electric, hybrid, and fuel cell-propelled vehicle manufacturers.

18 August 2011


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