Opel RAK e Concept targets EV affordability at Frankfurt Motor Show

Opel RAK e Concept, a lightweight EV which debuts at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, needs 10 times less energy than a modern small car and one third the weight, making it more affordable for the masses.

As Opel formally introduced the RAK e experimental vehicle today – an all-new battery-powered electric vehicle based on a steel space-frame structure beneath a skin of conventional synthetic material, the company deliberately avoided the use of expensive composite materials in its lightweight-design philosophy, in order to make this electric mobility affordable for as many people as possible.

According to Opel news release, this allows a high level of safety as well as affordable pricing. Furthermore, the RAK e Cocnept can travel 100 kilometers (61 miles) for one euro ($1.36), weighs a third of a modern small car and can reach 120 km/h (75 mph) in less than 13 seconds.

"We want to develop electric vehicles that everyone can afford,” said Karl-Friedrich Stracke, Opel CEO, at the world premiere in Frankfurt. “The RAK e experimental vehicle aims to deliver pricing that even younger customers can afford. The RAK e has cool looks and production-potential.”

The name “RAK e” recalls the pioneering spirit inspired by Fritz von Opel and his revolutionary rocket-powered car in the last century. In 1928, RAK 2 catapulted the grandson of company-founder Adam Opel to a top speed of 228 km/h (142 mph). The “e” not only stands for electric, but also takes up again the idea of ground-breaking experimental vehicles.

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