Futuristic Opel Flextreme Concept

Written by tonks on September 10, 2007

Opel Flextreme ConceptWe always get excited when someones defies the rules and makes a vehicle that looks so unusual that you would think that it is something that you would see in a futuristic movie, but not in the real world. Well Opel has taken that step and created the amazing Flextreme Concept, which to no surprise is a hybrid.

The Opel Flextreme is really very flexible as the name tries to communicate. The Opel Flextreme shares some technology and a similar frame with the Chevy Volt, although the Euro version uses a diesel motor to charge the batteries. Range on battery power alone is expected to be in the neighborhood of 100km (62 miles). Combined range is an impressive 775km (480 miles). Once the lithium-ion batteries are sufficiently depleted, the diesel motor will kick in to top them up.

A completely unique feature of the Flextreme is the storage compartment designed to hold two Segway scooters. And don’t worry if your Segways need some more juice to make it from the lot to the shops: the Flextreme can charge them on the spot, directly from its electrical system. Drive is powered by the vehicle’s Lithium-ion batteries – but only until power’s been drained from them.Back Of Opel Flextreme Concept

At this point, the diesel motor kicks in, both to continue conventional unaided driving and to restore power to the batteries via the on-board generator. Power can also be handily restored by ‘plugging-in’ the Flextreme to an electrical outlet.

The new concept car is powered by an Opel-engineered 1.3-litre turbo diesel motor rather than the Volt’s 1.0-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine, and while the diesel motor is in most instances to be used for regenerative charging between 1,500 and 1,800 rpm, the engine can reach 3,200 rpm should the batteries be depleted enough to warrant sole operation of this conventional drivetrain.

Drive is powered by the vehicle’s Lithium-ion batteries, but only until power’s been drained from them. At this point, the diesel motor kicks in, both to continue conventional unaided driving and to restore power to the batteries via the on-board generator. Power can also be handily restored by ‘plugging-in’ the Flextreme to an electrical outlet.

Combining the compact form of a hatchback, while offering the stowage and cabin environment of a lifestyle MPV, the Flextreme is a stylish sight to behold, with concave and convex surfaces, elongated front headlamps and a convoluting, albeit slightly awkward, rear end.


Posted Under: Concept Cars,Cool Cars,Opel

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