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Opel's Futuristic EV Concept is Full of Awesome

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Opel unveils its experimental Electric Vehicle concept.

Reducing our carbon footprint and dependency on oil (both foreign and domestic) are two major goals for the advancement of our society, so every step towards a more efficient electric vehicle is an important one. The latest example, the Rak E (rack-ee) is a conceptual vehicle that hopes to provide an affordable, efficient electronic method of transportation. Designed by Opel in collaboration with Kiska, the concept features a lightweight design focused on mobility and efficiency. 

Opel Experimental Vehicle

The pilot cockpit design gives the vehicle more of sleek design and aerodynamic functionality to the vehicle, while the display also provides information about the environment that the driver finds itself in. The vehicle itself can operate for 61 miles on a three hour charge. While not ideal for long range commutes unless charging stations can be found along the way, the vehicle itself is certainly a step in the right direction in cleaning up our resource consumption and carbon footprint on our environment. For more photos of the stunning concept, head on over to the Yanko Design article.

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    azraa , September 3, 2012 1:52 AM
    Then you crash... aaaaaand you're dead.


    Still, I am into these electric cars, I really like them, and hope they get to my country soon, but with more down-to-earth designs
    Kudos on the development, Opel
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2012 2:08 AM
    I want to see more Compressed Air cars!
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    k1wi , September 3, 2012 2:25 AM
    No reason why it can't meet the same crash test standards. Being a single seater it looks like it has a lot of crush zones.
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    sykozis , September 3, 2012 3:19 AM
    Single seater, 61 miles on a 3-hour charge.....this thing screams inefficient.... Other manufacturers are getting 3-5 times the distance from multi-passenger electric vehicles...
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    fuzzion , September 3, 2012 3:31 AM
    Screw this. I am sticking to my Nissan GTR and Drift cars.
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    azraa , September 3, 2012 3:38 AM
    Hell yeah!
    'merican muscle son!

    *chugs a bud light*

    Oh, the stereotypes c:
    Anyway, gotta love some power under the hood too, its hard to leave that aside
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    danwat1234 , September 3, 2012 4:28 AM
    Uhh, Opel, you already have an EV, it's called the Opel Ampera (European Chevy Volt).
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    chewy1963 , September 3, 2012 4:41 AM
    Why oh why has Tom's Hardware become Tom's Hot Rod? All these car articles seem just a tad off topic for a computer hardware site.
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    v3rlon , September 3, 2012 5:04 AM
    The idea of a "tweener" between motorcyle and traditional car is an idea that I think could catch on. I do not like this version. 3 hour recharge for a 61 mile range is not good. You could take a Ford Ecoboost, Mazda Skyactiv, VW TDI, or other efficient engine and drop it in a lightweight package like this and make some really impressive numbers without the hassle. The way it opens from the top has the same problem as gull wing or Lambo doors: Flip the car or drop something on it and there is no way out. That needs to be addressed before I would think about it. It would have to be affordable or lose out to other options like Smart Cars and Fiats in the same market.
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    freggo , September 3, 2012 5:22 AM
    azraaThen you crash... aaaaaand you're dead.Still, I am into these electric cars, I really like them, and hope they get to my country soon, but with more down-to-earth designsKudos on the development, Opel


    Have you ever seen, or sat in, a Formula One car?
    These things weigh around 650kg (1450lbs).
    And now look at the crashes they handle!

    Point is, Safety it is not all about weight!
    If two 18 wheelers hit each other head on and you happen to be in the middle
    it does not matter much what you are driving; period. A Mythbusters episode showed
    very clearly that in this unfortunate case you will be missing furure THG news updates.

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    freggo , September 3, 2012 5:24 AM
    danwat1234Uhh, Opel, you already have an EV, it's called the Opel Ampera (European Chevy Volt).


    Yeah, American built. Was supposed to be introduced in Europe in November of 2011.
    That was then delayed.
    Remember a few years ago the SUV tanks that exploded after a crash?
    Well, GM managed to fail the European crash test requirements as they managed to set the batteries on fire after a crash.
    Detroit ingenuity at it's best :-)

    No wonder the US has such a hard time exporting. We have to start paying a bit more attention to details and longevity of our products :-(
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2012 6:54 AM
    Great concept. I'm tired of seeing so many tandem concept cars, never to make it to market.
    I'd buy one of these in a flash if they went to market.
    You commenters about EV's lacking power don't have a clue. 100% torque from 0 RPM
    80% of Americans drive less than 40 miles per day.
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    Vladislaus , September 3, 2012 8:00 AM
    danwat1234Uhh, Opel, you already have an EV, it's called the Opel Ampera (European Chevy Volt).

    That's because the Volt and the Ampera aren't EV cars, but plug-in hybrids.
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    JamesBondage , September 3, 2012 9:21 AM
    "Reducing our carbon footprint and dependency on oil (both foreign and domestic) are two major goals for the advancement of our society"

    For some in our society! Speak for yourself sissy.
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    nikorr , September 3, 2012 9:25 AM
    These "cars" are good in video games, not on the road.
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    freggo , September 3, 2012 10:49 AM
    NikorrThese "cars" are good in video games, not on the road.


    What is your idea of a 'good' car then ?
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    v3rlon , September 3, 2012 11:04 AM
    Antonionio - I didn't see anyone gripe about torque, just about power. As for your 80%, I don't know how that figure is derived. The average American drives 12000 miles a year (and that figure seems consevative if you shop for used cars). If you assume said person drives 6 days a week, it is 38.3 miles, and this is for 100% of Americans. This is further compounded by the fact that electric motors lose power as the batteries get weaker. How much this happens would be important. My consideration would hinge on the price and a range extension. The 3 hour recharge is a big strike also. What happens if I need to run some emergency errand?
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2012 11:06 AM
    yeah nice car try to get in/out on a rainy day.
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    v3rlon , September 3, 2012 11:09 AM
    And look at the roll cage, safety harness and other features of a formula 1 car not present in this concept. That is apples and oranges. F1 cars don't often get T-boned by a pickup truck running a red light.
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    freggo , September 3, 2012 11:25 AM
    v3rlonAnd look at the roll cage, safety harness and other features of a formula 1 car not present in this concept. That is apples and oranges. F1 cars don't often get T-boned by a pickup truck running a red light.


    Ever seen a stripped down smart car ?
    Mercedes did a pretty solid job on it.
    As for getting t-boned, one of the worst accident scenarios, a heave pickup vs a light vehicle means the little one gets pushed out of the way. yes, if you are next to another truck you are screwed (or boned)... but the same holds true if you are in an Escalade in that scenario.

    There are no perfectly save cars short of an M1 tank.
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