Gallery: LOTUS Looks at Lifecycle with the Eco Elise


Lotus is doing its best to convince us that they are the greenest car manufacturer, and their latest release, the Eco Elise, makes a great argument that this is the case. Not only is this an incredibly fuel efficient machine, it has been created to be manufactured with the greenest materials that Lotus could find. Embodied energy, material lifecycle, emissions and environmental impact of manufacturing and operating, and overall fuel efficiency are all factors that have been accounted for in the design and production of this soon to premiere vehicle.

Lifecycle was the key word for Lotus. It wasn’t content with just looking at the CO2 emissions of the vehicle’s operation. It looked at the emissions that the vehicle generated and at the emissions that the manufacturing of the vehicle generated. It made sure to select green materials, and even went as far as ensuring that the transportation of the hemp fibers involved as few carbon miles as possible.

The traditional carbon fiber is gone, to be replaced with a hemp composite material that is used throughout the body panels and spoilers. The paint in the vehicle is all water based, and looking sharp as well. The roof has been fitted with solar panels for on the road generation. The seats are covered with dye-free EU Flower certified biodegradable woolen fabrics, and the carpets are made from sisal. All of these improvements resulted in the creation of a lightweight vehicle that improved the performance and fuel efficiency.

Overall, an impressive package. The vehicle will be presented in the British International Motor Show this week.

+ Lotus Cars USA

Via Autoblog


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  1. Acutsef July 26, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    I have to agree with the “green wash” statement, but i do love the design principles of Lotus in general and if i wanted to buy a sports car then the Elise is top of my list, the guys on Top Gear loved the handling.

  2. Arthur Newguard July 24, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    This car is still a part of the problem. Tesla makes real progress, this is simply a “green wash” of what is otherwise an elitist machine. I know a girl named Elise, and if this performs half as well as she, it’s the best ride on four wheels. Of course “simplicate” is not a word, but hey a lot went into the bullshit about this being a real solution…

  3. tgroth July 23, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    We need more cars designed with Lotus’s philosophy: “Simplicate, then add lightness.” – Colin Chapman, Founder of Lotus

  4. 3304hl July 23, 2008 at 9:34 am

    and of course, the Tesla electric roadster uses the chassis from the Lotus Elise…

  5. ac1dfl3sh July 22, 2008 at 10:02 am

    The lotus has always been one of my favorite cars- this just puts it over the top. It’s great to see some companies taking a new approach to their car construction, let’s hope it’s more than a trend.

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