Opel Prepares Electric Version Of Its Newest Karl Model
|   Monday, February 23, 2015
Karl, the mini segment model that Opel will launch this year, will have a fully electric version dedicated to those who want to get rid of emissions and gas stations. The autonomy range proposed by the Karl EV will be about 150 kilometers (93 miles).

The recent freshening of the diesel and gasoline engines range within the Opel brand will be doubled in the coming years by a real foray in the area of electric vehicles. According to sources cited by the German magazine Autobild and taken by Automotive News, the launch of a 100 percent electric model that will replace the current Ampera will be accompanied by the presentation of an electric version of the Karl future city model that will be officially launched in March, at the Geneva Motor Show (March 5 to 15, 2015).


The Karl variant is the newest Opel model which is preparing for 2015. Positioned within range under the new Corsa generation, the new Karl will replace the old Agila. Also, it will be a practical alternative to the Adam, the urban model which Opel had released in 2013. Karl will be available in Opel showrooms during the summer of 2015 and will have an initial range of engines that will include the new turbo unit that Opel has presented for the first time on the new Corsa.

The electric version of Karl shall make available to clients, batteries whose autonomy will reach about 150 kilometers. According to preliminary information, the model with zero emissions will take over the design of the petrol version, but will add a series of aerodynamic improvements, which will help lower the Karl EV's air resistance.
According to a report by Autobild magazine, Opel is planning to offer an electric version of the Karl minicar by the end of 2018.

The Karl model was introduced late last year uses the same platform as the Spark, which already comes with an electric propulsion system. This way the Karl EV was born, a product that people at Opel can easily develop.

According to the Germans, and in spite of the lack of overall information, the autonomy of 150 km, or about 93 miles represents a performance improvement compared to what the Spark EV version offers. In contrast to the Karl EV, the Spark EV variant offers a range of 130 km, which is about 80 miles.

It is known that the Spark EV t receives power from a 130 hp (97 kW) electric motor. This motor is mated to a nanophosphate lithium-ion battery. It remains to be seen if the Karl EV will share its propulsion components with the Spark EV.

The the Spark EV variant can be distinguished by its closed grille, lower and wider rocker panel, chassis panels, its tires air deflectors and aero optimized mirrors. It also has some other minor changes, to make sure that air resistance is minimal.
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