Opel image changes slowly but surely so it became a very dynamic brand, but at the same time a very green one. Opel E-Flex comes as a viable proposal as a possible clean car for the near future and for the environment.
Before discussing the appearance of this concept, it isn’t necessarily to mention the technical solution, unique in operation, because of the electric motors or diesel engines, that everyone knows about. E-Flex continues Chevrolet’s Volt idea and focuses on the electric propulsion, not on the conventional one.
To the American concept, E-Flex is equipped with a diesel engine, the also known 1.3 liter CDTi, with turbocharger and intercooler, which can be fueled with biodiesel, for the lowest level of harm. Being powered by a 26.5 liter fuel tank, it could provide a theoretical range of 700 km. But the diesel works, in fact, as a generator for the electric motor that moves the front wheels, with a power of 120 kW (around 160 hp) and a maximum torque of 320 Nm – not too bad for those 4.8 meters long of this family car.
Normally, the machine is based only on the electric motor for propulsion, powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 16 kWh, 136 kW power and a voltage of 320 V. The autonomy due to the battery power (which can be charged from an ordinary 220V outlet in just 6.5 hours) is up to 100 km, so that most of the time while we are using the car, powertrain will not use the services of diesel engines.