Lotus Engineering, the engineering consultancy division of Group Lotus Plc and Siemens VDO have entered into a research and development programme to demonstrate a vehicle with low CO2 emissions in combination with a high performing gasoline and hybrid engine.

This vehicle will demonstrate an integrated systems approach to reducing CO2 emissions through key technologies from Siemens VDO and Lotus Engineering.

Both companies are bringing their “know-how” regarding powertrain systems integration into the project.

Lotus is contributing its downsizing and systems integration expertise based upon the recently developed three cylinder engine and Siemens VDO is supplying its systems competence and extensive experience in engine and powertrain management, especially in the areas of direct fuel injection systems, hybrid drives, integrated powertrain management, emission after-treatment systems and system components.

The project will highlight the CO2-reduction benefits of an integrated systems approach for these systems in a demonstration vehicle.

Mike Kimberley, CEO of Group Lotus plc said: “I am delighted that we are working with Siemens VDO on this very special project. Both our organisations are recognised as world leaders in powertrain technologies, with Lotus Engineering having a specialism in internal combustion technologies.

“We are currently researching how to increase powertrain efficiency, as well as power and performance with both alternative and conventional fuels whilst simultaneously reducing net emissions. In the long term, the automotive industry needs to pull together to find ways to decrease carbon dioxide emissions and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. I believe that this research co-operation will go some way in finding a solution to these issues.”

Siemens VDO Group Vice President Dr. Klaus Egger said: “We see clear benefits in the combination of both companies’ experience in regard of low CO2 know-how. With its expertise in the field of combustion engines development and vehicle integration Lotus is our ideal partner. In conjunction with our integrated system approach of lowering CO2 emissions, we can strengthen the competence of both companies and deliver the resultant benefits to the customer.”