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Opel RAK e Concept - Frankfurt Auto Show

By KBB.com Editors on September 17, 2011 12:51 PM
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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.

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"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."

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