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The Opel Flextreme Diesel

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On: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 10:08AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

The Opel Flextreme Diesel

The European version of GM's electric plug-in hybrid (the Volt) recently premiered at the Frankfort Auto Show. The Flextreme is a divergent model, adapted to the European market where the gasoline combustion engine was replaced by a 1.3 liter turbo diesel engine. The new E-Flex design uses electric drive to propel the vehicle, with rechargeable batteries that can be plugged into an electric grid. Rather than combining an internal combustion powertrain and electric drive to power the vehicle as traditional hybrid engines do, E-Flex is driven exclusively on electricity and the diesel fueled engine is utilized to provide energy that will power a generator in order to produce electricity for the electric drive. Subsequently, the engine is smaller and can operate more efficiently.

For short commutes, up to 34 miles, the Flextreme will operate solely on zero-emissions electric charge before the battery will need the diesel engine to be utilized for re-charging. A full charge of the 220 volt battery will take only 3 hours (much less than many other plug-ins which can take up to 8 hours to charge).
But perhaps the most exciting feature of the European Opel is the stunning exterior styling which offers the low-drag profile of a very aerodynamic vehicle with an explicit sculpted European flair.

The high-tech headlamps (which are boomerang-shaped) incorporate crossbeams for lamps. Low-profile tires are mounted on huge 21-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with ample wheel arches and a pronounced shoulder line over the rear wheels, giving Flextreme a powerful look. Flextreme's door configuration is impressive. Side doors open to allow unobstructed access to the interior as a result of a rear hinged door and noticeably absent center door post. The rear hatch opens in a wing fashion to each side.

Honeycomb structures are apparent throughout the futuristic interior of the Flextreme because of their lightweight features which lend to the overall fuel efficiency of the hybrid. A panoramic widescreen display on the dashboard is the focal point of the car’s interior. Display fields allow the driver to view images from the two side cameras and front- and rear-facing cameras.

The driving encounter is designed to be futuristic, as evident by the many touch-screen displays which function to put the vehicle in park, reverse, and drive, as well as other multi-functions. Below the center touch-screen display is another touch-screen for gear selection. Drive, reverse, and park are initiated by touching the corresponding area of the screen.

As the future of hybrid technology continues to evolve, General Motors has certainly been on the cutting edge of designing new concept models; the E-Flex platform is no exception.

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