Report: Opel considering RAK e production

Vauxhall and Opel released an electronic concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show that has a lot of potential for production.

The two brand’s RAK e concept is a two-seater electric car that can go 0-62mph in less than 13 seconds, has a top speed of 75 mph, and can travel for 60 miles. Even though Vauxhall opted for steel over more common lighter materials for this type of vehicle, it still only weighs about 838 lbs.

Along with steel, Vauxhall-Opel’s boss Nick Reilly says the rest of the RAK e is composed of ‘a strategic choice of composite materials’, and was made ‘with production in mind’. For example, with its tiny rear axle, the car has two rear wheels versus four to help with stability and carry the weight of a passenger.

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This concept may be the cost-effective solution the brand has been trying to reach, after scrapping its last electric concept. It still presents its challenges, however it can potentially sell for approximately $12,400, which is much less than the average conventional car’s electronic counterpart.

Reilly says “We want to show it to a few governments and see if they’re serious about EV’s. If they are, and Vauxhall can overcome the technological and manufacturing challenges posed by this car, we could very likely see it as an unusual sister EV to the Ampera.”

By: Alexandra Koken

Source: AutoCar