2011 Frankfurt Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Opel says its radical two-passenger electric-car concept "has production potential."
- The new EV two-seater is designed to be "striking and affordable."
- Opel cites a range of 60 miles and a top speed of 75 mph.
FRANKFURT, Germany — Opel's as-yet-unchristened electric car, which will be formally unveiled at next week's 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, was designed to be "striking and affordable," according to General Motors' German subsidiary, and "has production potential."
The two-seater has a range of 60 miles and a top speed of 75 mph, Opel says.
The cutting-edge design, if approved for production, would join the Volt-based Opel Ampera in GM's European EV fleet, where it could "revolutionize urban transport, especially for younger drivers and those on a very tight budget," the company said in a brief statement accompanying the release of three pre-show photos.
The Opel EV seats two persons in a tandem layout. Unlike the Ampera and Chevrolet Volt hybrids, which use a gasoline engine in combination with an electric motor, the Opel two-seater is a pure battery-powered electric whose weight is about one-third that of a conventional compact car.
Edmunds.com says: Don't look for this one any time soon in the States. Opel says its tiny EV "has the potential to create a new class of lightweight, zero-emissions electric vehicles in Europe."