Opel is pushing the electric button – in a big way! In case you didn’t know as yet, the car maker is eyeing high to be the market leader in electric mobility. This could pose a challenge to the Renault-Nissan alliance, which is investing 4 billion Euros in a bid to become the No. 1 global producer of electric cars. Opel will bring its first electric car next month, giving the brand a head start of three years over competitors in electric cars, , according to Opel’s sales and marketing chief Alain Visser. The Ampera plug-in hybrid car has already received about 6000 pre-orders and Opel aims to sell more than 10,000 next year.
The executive also said that the company will decide on whether to produce the Rak-e concept, which debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. If the decision turns out to be positive, the car will arrive as early as 2013, priced between 10,000 and 12,000 Euros.
The concept car weighs 380 kg (838 lb) and featured a 5kWh battery and a 50 PS electric motor. The car could travel up to 62 miles at a cost of just 1 Euro.
Opel is working on an electric mini car as well, though not much is known about that one. It could be the 2013 Junior or the Allegra EV.
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