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Opel's Futuristic EV Concept is Full of Awesome

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. 

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.

  • azraa
    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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  • I want to see more Compressed Air cars!
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  • k1wi
    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
    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
    Screw this. I am sticking to my Nissan GTR and Drift cars.
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  • azraa
    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
    Uhh, Opel, you already have an EV, it's called the Opel Ampera (European Chevy Volt).
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  • chewy1963
    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
    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
    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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