By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Design
The One Euro is an all electric vehicle that can travel 100 kilometers for the cost of, you guessed it, one euro.
If there's one thing teenagers tend to have very little of, it's gas money.
With that in mind, Germany-based Opel has developed the One Euro, an all electric vehicle that can travel 100 kilometers for the cost of, you guessed it, one euro. In American speak, that's 62 miles for about about $1.32. Not impressed? Here's another figure: the Nissan Leaf has a MPG equivalency rating of 99 miles, which in comparison is roughly twice the One Euro's cost (gasoline prices average about 4 dollars a gallon).
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To get that kind of fuel efficiency, the General Motors-owned automaker designed the One Euro to be about one third of the weight of a typical compact car. The ultra-lightweight two-seater also features a top speed of 75 miles per hour.
The concept vehicle is a spin-off of the Ampera, a hybrid vehicle considered to be the European version of the popular Chevy Volt that's due to hit the market in November. If this latest vehicle ever reaches production, GM plans to market the car as an affordable option for young drivers, which includes a version geared toward sixteen year-olds with a maximum speed of 45 km/h.
The General Motors-owned automaker will unveil the concept car at the 64th Frankfurt International Motor Show.
(via Press release)
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Sep 13, 2011
This is just a concept, most likely never be available. But the Leaf is real, 4 seats and has a trunk for the all time favorite location the shopping Mall. I hope they prove me wrong.
But they also don't have much money for buying the vehicle in the first place. That's why they buy old clunkers.
The One Euro is one cool looking tool. Lets look at the numbers a bit: The Leaf battery pack holds 24,000 watts. FYI, 24,000 Watt-Hr is 2/3 a gallon of gas. The Leaf goes 99 miles for 2/3 x $4 = $2.68. However, for that $2.68, the Leaf goes 99 miles. Leaf Efficiency: 24,000 Watt-Hr / 99 miles = 242 Watt-Hr per mile. The Leaf needs 242 Watt-Hr to go one mile. At $1.32/$4 The One Euro uses about 1/3 gallon of gas to go 62 miles. 1/3 gallon of gas is 11,880 Watt-Hr One Euro Efficiency: 11,880 Watt-Hr / 62 miles = 162 Watts per mile. 242/162 = 1.5 So, the One Euro is actually about 1.5 times more efficient than the Leaf. EVsRock! http://www.evsroll.com
We've got about 5,500 miles on our Leaf now. We've been seeing a cost of 2.2 cents a mile, the equivalent of 200 miles to a gallon, roughly double EPA's estimate and that's on 100% renewable offset electricity. The EPA rating assumes the driver does not develop skills in EV driving, skills that the cars energy feedback system is designed to help the driver hone. We drive at comfortable speeds, often with 4 passengers and tend to get 4.6 MkWh, substantially better than the EPA's 2.9 MkWh. Given that the Leaf has double the seating capacity, per capita it already has the potential to beat GM's 2 seater concept car. If the price was right though, GM could be on to something for the single or double occupancy commuter! Cool concept, bad comparison!
Given that it's engineered to be adequately safe I can see something like this being a big hit. Great for a family's 'second car', the one that just does commuting and odd errand duty. Great for young drivers with shallow pockets. Small to park. Might benefit by an expandable rear end so that a bunch of groceries/whatever could be hauled home. Being light weight means much smaller battery packs thus cutting significantly on price. Battery pack down low would give it a lot of stability. Plenty of zip. Looks like a lot more fun than a Smart. No special low speed version needed. Just build in tamper-proof limits that can be set by the purchaser/parent. Use an eyeball reader and the car can be limited by who is at the wheel.
Just great,it took a hundred years to bring one out,your moving to fast for me.I thought they were around first before gas engines,where did the mind of man go,to pollute the planet first then build one from the past.it went a 100 miles on a charge.Gee are we so smart,100 years it takes to see one again,can not buy one right?still waving a electric car in front of us?That will never see production.Oil companies rule the world,bastards!
The Leaf is a small car, but it's still a car. This 1 Euro looks more like an enclosed variation on a quad cycle.
Do you insult strangers face to face to? Or do you think ignorance and/or lack of reading comprehension give you permission to call people names? It's a concept car. That's in there twice.