The Opel GT X Concept is the newest electric concept from the German automaker that’s part of the PSA Group. The new concept is a small SUV with a 50 kWh battery.As part of the PACE initiative from Opel which aims for all of Opel’s models to be electrified by 2024, the GT X is an indicator of the type of car Opel will release in the future.
Per the press release:
Opel decided to embody its vision for its future automobiles in a compact SUV of just 4,063 millimetres in length (wheelbase: 2,625 mm; width: 1,830 mm; height including antenna: 1,528 mm): SUVs are currently the most popular vehicles on the market and Opel is driven by the desire to make such even more attractive for a wide public. But to do so, SUVs must also become more efficient than ever before. This is why the Opel GT X Experimental is built on a lightweight architecture, has a reduced footprint and drives on 17-inch wheels that visually look much larger, so as to maximise road comfort but also look stunning. True to the PACE! plan promise of offering an electrified version of each Opel model by 2024, the GT X Experimental is a fully electric car with power delivered by a 50 kWh, compact next-generation lithium-ion battery with inductive charging. The GT X Experimental does not pretend to offer full autonomous driving. However, it does have Level 3 autonomous driving functions – meaning it can handle all aspects of driving but the driver must be able to respond to a request to intervene.
It’s no surprise that Opel is going with a small SUV, the market and appeal for them is large. An interesting point is the size of the battery only being 50 kWh. Currently the Hyundai Kona Electric can squeeze out 258 miles of EPA rated range from its 64 kWh battery. Assuming the same battery technology the Opel will would have somewhere in the low 200s miles of range. We don’t have a definite year of release of the GT X (or if it will even be released) but we can assume that since its still a concept that it is minimum two years out. So who knows if that type of range will be competitive in two years when most will be in the mid to high 200 miles.
But perhaps Opel will use the relatively small battery to keep the costs low. There are very few EVs that are under $30,000 and if the GT X can be priced right, than I feel like most people will overlook the lowered range.
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