It is beginning to look a lot like the upcoming Geneva Auto Show in March will be a major watershed moment for green car concepts and production models. One of the latest to announce they will be showcasing, according to Green Car Advisor, is Opel. This European auto brand will be debuting the Flextreme GT/E concept car, a vehicle sporting extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) technology.
Opel, which is a unit of GM, said this concept car will showcase GM’s E-REV drive system, already developed for the Opel Ampera. With it, the Flextreme GT/E reportedly will be capable of “a battery-powered driving range of up to 60 km – with zero CO2 tailpipe emissions – and a total range of more than 500 km. Average fuel consumption is estimated at 1.6 l/100 km, with CO2 emissions of less than 40 g/km.” The wheels will be powered at all times by electricity, with a typical journey of up to 60 km having energy supplied by a T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack located under the floor and rear seat.
It was added as well that the “motor in the electric drive unit delivers a substantial 370 Nm of instant torque, giving lively performance and projected zero to 100 km/h acceleration in less than nine seconds.” The point of this particular electric car concept looks to be showcasing that this extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) technology can be plugged into large or mid-size vehicles, as well as compact cars, while still maintaining the integrity of its green design.