Opel reveals two-seat electric One Euro Car concept ahead of Frankfurt debut

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General Motors' German subsidiary Opel has revealed a two-seat electric urban concept aimed at extending the automaker's "pioneering role in alternative propulsion systems."

The diminutive two-seater, referred to by Opel as the "One Euro Car," will make its official debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show next week. Opel hasn't revealed much about the One Euro Car, but the German firm does claim its electric urban concept will be a "star attraction" at the Motor Show. It will have competition.

Where does the concept's name come from? Opel says it's because the two-seater can travel 100 kilometers (62 miles) for one euro ($1.41 U.S.), and focusing on running costs is a welcome way to promote plug-in vehicles. The automaker claims its electric concept tips the scales at about a third the weight of modern subcompacts and maxes out at a highway-capable speed of 75 miles per hour. Best of all, Opel says the tandem two-seater has "production potential" and would be "affordable." Look for live pics and full details on the Opel's electric concept when it hits the Frankfurt stage.
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Opel Lightweight Electric Vehicle: The One Euro Car

Opel at the 64th Frankfurt International Motor Show

Revolutionary concept for zero-emission urban mobility

Electric driving aged 16 and upwards

Rüsselsheim/Frankfurt. Opel is staking a strong claim for the title of star-attraction at the 64th Frankfurt International Motor Show with an all-new battery-powered electric vehicle. The concept opens a new chapter in electric mobility and extends Opel's pioneering role in alternative propulsion systems. The key figures of the motorway-capable vehicle are 100 kilometers for one euro, one third of the weight of a modern small car, and a maximum speed of 120 km/h.

Inspired by the success of the Ampera, the revolutionary concept creates a new class of lightweight electric vehicle for zero-emission urban mobility.

The tandem two-seater has production potential and would also be affordable for younger customers. Sixteen year-olds could even begin driving in a version limited to a maximum speed of 45 km/h. Energy requirements ten times lower than those of a modern small car, and energy costs of only one euro per 100 km, benefit the environment as well the budget.

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