The Vauxhall/Opel RAK e concept from 2011 was a battery-powered electric vehicle with a 60 mile range and a 75 mph top speed. The RAK e has a tandem seating layout, which allowed the designers to keep the vehicle’s bodywork narrow and more aerodynamic. The lightweight construction – which is said to be roughly a third of a modern compact car – helps maximise the available power and range.
Vauxhall/Opel aimed the RAK e at younger drivers and those on a tight budget. But given the fact electric cars are currently considerably more expensive than their fossil-fuel burning competitors, it’s hard to see how they can keep the costs within a price bracket that will appeal to a significant proportion of younger/poorer drivers.
Despite its quirky looks and unorthodox layout, Vauxhall/Opel have stated that the RAK e “has production potential”.