A rush of electrified models wearing the Opel lightning flash have burst onto the scene in recent months. But the company has both a longer and more varied electric vehicle heritage that many would give it credit for.
Opel’s first electrified model debuted in 1968. The Kadett B Stir-Lec I study was powered by a range-extending powertrain (the concept was revisited later with the short-lived 2011-2015 Opel/Ampera). Fourteen lead-acid batteries were charged via its rear-mounted Stirling combustion engine, and the batteries then powered a small AC electric motor which drove the rear wheels. Top speed was 55mph.
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