Soon after unveiling the Opel RAK e concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, General Motors of Europe president Nick Reilly revealed to Autocar that the RAK e is a "very serious concept," adding that Opel is currently investigating production feasibility and believes the two-seat electric could launch with a £9,000 price tag (Around $14,216 U.S. including England's massive Value Added Tax)

The RAK e's lead designer told Autocar that the lightweight concept has been constructed "with production in mind." Meanwhile, Reilly says, "We've got to work on costs and we've got to refine [the RAK e] and do it right."

Autocar claims the RAK e could replace Opel's now-abandoned electric version of the Junior minicar, which was recently scrapped due to "excessively high" costs. While we'd be thrilled to see the RAK e enter the production cycle, there seems to be no indication that it will ever come to the States.


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      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      Needs to dump the current powertrain and go for a more powerful setup. Either the Tango T-600 DC setup or Tesla's powerful AC setup. Talk about thrills!
        Ducman69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        The Tesla is a meaningless vehicle IMO because your average Joe cannot afford it, and therefor it can't have any significant impact on the environment or dependence on Venezuela and the middle-east for oil. Motorcycles and cars are MUCH cheaper in the US than the UK, so this would likely sell for $9K here, and a lot of people could afford this as a college car or as a commuter to get to and from work and only take up half a parking spot in the garage (so you could buy his and hers or put it next to a motorcycle or scooter). :)
          Jason Allen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          The tesla cars can start to bring acceptence of electrics and even desire then the average joe might be more willing to go with a Focus electric or a Leaf. And the same drivetrain(?) is going into the Rav4 EV which will be more affordable than any tesla, the early adopters are paying the most amortization here. I'd love to see an really affordable electric citycar. If it has any style at all I don't care. The Model S is for drooling over, the little EV I'm talking about is to get groceries or drive my small dogs around the city. Anything that gets me to that future sooner I love. You think it would be 9k though? if imported?
      NissanGTR
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd be looking at a Kawasaki ZX10r for that kind of money.
        Ducman69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        1) Almost everything in socialist UK has a hugely inflated price tag. The ZR1 stickers at $69.5K more than in the United States. 2) As an avid motorcyclist, something like this IMO would be great IN COMBINATION with your bike. You could likely fit this and your motorcycle into a single bay in your garage. So get a SUV or whatever for your left spot for family trips and the wife, and a ZX10R for fair weather and Opel Rak for commuting/poor weather in the right spot for yourself. =)
      • 3 Years Ago
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      pontoppidanpete
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Rak e looks so good and fun, i want one so bad. I hope they make this within a year, but it will properly take like 2 years before it hits the Opel and vauxhall dealerships. Hope it will be out sooner though, love it.
      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd love something like this for a commuter car. But simplify it. Single wheel in the back for simpler regulations. Motorcycle engine. Just give me a radio and A/C and 70+mpg. And it should be priced around $7,000. If Nissan was able to sell a Versa for $9,999, something like this should be able to make a profit at $7k.
      Tarantula
      • 3 Years Ago
      Second!
      Georgie Porgie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd buy this. For an errand mobile, in and around the city, it would be perfect. Relinquishing the petrol guzzlers to spirited twisty mountain roads, or when need to tote a passenger. Although I wouldn't want to be t-boned by a Ford super duty in it.
      Beaugrand®™Ã
      To sell in the US it would have to have a 70 mph cruise speed and an ICE.
      Mark S
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those appear to be motorcycle tires on it, which would be a very bad choice. I hope they are only for the concept presentation as motorcycles lean to somewhat wear the tires appropriated.
      Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring it to the US as a Buick! Now that would be amazing!
      Zazare
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love this litle car. http://mercedesklasse.blogspot.com/
      • 3 Years Ago
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