WHAT IS IT?
380 kgs of future personal transportation. It’s called the Vauxhall/Opel RAK E and one radical concept it certainly is. Opel has three main points marked out on their big black board – affordability, eco-friendliness and real-world performance. Not that the 100 km range is path-breaking but this is too early in the development cycle to really comment. Top speed of this lightweight electric concept is slated to be 120 kph and it is aimed squarely at the youth. I bet they’re ‘down with the styling’ already.
AND WHY SHOULD I BE BOTHERED?
Because, if all goes well, this rakish cross between a motorcycle and a car should turn out to be pretty interesting. Chances of production are real and if the Ampera is any sort of gauge, Opel can make some pretty good electric cars. Interestingly, the name ‘Rak’ comes from the wicked fast rocket-powered cars that Adam Opel took all the way to 225 kph, way back in 1928. Why they would bestow an electric commuter with such a legendary designation is anyone’s guess, but anyways. We’re looking forward to it.