An interesting exercise in affordable, sustainable urban transportation, the Opel RAK e Concept is a radically styled, two-passenger EV that weighs just 838 pounds, can reach speeds of 75 mph and travel up to 61 miles on a single charge of its 5kWh battery pack. Other vital stats include a body made of recyclable plastic, a robust steel space frame, a wide-front/narrow- rear track, motorbike-derived exposed rear swing arm suspension and an electric motor that can deliver a constant 14 horsepower and 49 peak ponies, when necessary. Inside, the Opel RAK e's tandem layout cabin features a fully adjustable steering wheel and pedal set. For a bit of added flash, the front seat, steering column and armrests automatically tip forward to ease access to its aft quarters.
"We want to develop electric vehicles that everyone can afford," said Karl-Friedrich Stracke, Opel CEO, at the world premiere in Frankfurt. Stracke believes the RAK e has genuine production potential and with its unique style, presumed low price of entry and the ability to e-fill its battery for about $1.36, he's confident that a production version would be able to attract a good number of younger buyers.
Similar sentiments were expressed by Mark Adams, vice president Design, who noted that the RAK e was inspired by Opel's wealth of experience in the area of electro-mobility, and most directly by the Ampera. "This progressive concept is creating a new class of electric vehicle; this is what future mobility with 'my first e-Opel' could look like. We are eager to see the reaction of visitors to the show."