Did you know that Opel started as a cycle manufacturer? Opel aims to remind people of its roots at the Geneva Motor Show next month where it will display an electric bicycle concept, together with its new Mokka small SUV and a high performance Astra compact car. The RAD e cycle is created to enter an expanding niche for electric cycles and to also remind consumers of its early history on the occasion of its 150th anniversary year.
In a statement, Opel said that this concept complements the existing e-mobility strategy of the brand. It is the first e-bike to be made using automotive construction and production principles.
The RAD e offers pedal power with a 250 watt motor to have an electrically assisted range of 60km to 145km. Opel said that the E-bikes play a key role in future integrated urban transport concepts linking e-bikes, cars and buses.
This concept follows on from Opel’s RAK e two-seat, three-wheeler electric concept shown at the Frankfurt auto show in 2011.
Opel said that it began to build bicycles 150 years ago. It said that in the RAD e, it has integrated several of its existing design language. A twin-turbocharged diesel version of the Insignia mid-sized car will also be shown in Geneva.
The 2.0-liter engine produces 195-hp, but has a CO2 emissions level of 129g/km. At the end of 2012, Opel will start selling the Mokka, which will be shown in Geneva as a production car, in Europe at its subcompact SUV segment where it will rival vehicles like the Dacia Duster, Suzuki SX4 and Fiat Sedici.