Opel GT X Experimental has a 50 kWh battery

2018 Opel GT X Experimental

Opel GT X Experimental is the latest electric car concept from the PSA Group. This is a all-electric compact SUV (4 metre long) with a 50 kWh battery and inductive charging.

 

Here’s part of the press release:

“True to the PACE! plan promise of offering an electrified version of each Opel model by 2024, the GT X Experimental is a fully electric car with power delivered by a 50 kWh, compact next-generation lithium-ion battery with inductive charging. The GT X Experimental does not pretend to offer full autonomous driving. However, it does have Level 3 autonomous driving functions – meaning it can handle all aspects of driving but the driver must be able to respond to a request to intervene.”

 

 

What’s interesting is that the PSA Group – that now owns Opel – still aims to produce electric cars with 50 kWh batteries in 2020. While I think that 50 kWh batteries would be more than enough for very efficient electric cars – such as the Hyundai IONIQ Electric or a future Toyota Prius EV -, this isn’t the case for SUVs.

Nonetheless, if this all-electric compact SUV concept is as efficient as the Hyundai Kona Electric, with a 50 kWh battery it should get around 202 miles (325 km) of EPA range. Not bad in 2018, but not great in 2020. However, if it’s priced right, it’ll definitely sell.

 

PSA all electric e-CMP platform

 

Anyway, more important than a concept car is that by 2020 the PSA Group plans to launch the Peugeot 208 EV and the Opel eCorsa. If these two electric superminis get the same 50 kWh battery capacity they’ll be very tempting for Europeans that eagerly wait for this kind of electric cars.

The positive side is that with 50 kWh batteries, PSA’s electric cars should be more affordable than the upcoming Nissan Leaf e-Plus or the Volkswagen Neo for example. Considering that PSA’s gas burning cars are usually cheaper than Nissan’s and Volkswagen’s counterparts, the same principle will probably be applied to electric cars. I think this is the main reason why PSA is aiming for smaller batteries.

 

What do you think? Will electric cars with 50 kWh batteries still be relevant in 2020 if priced right?

 

 

More info:

https://int-media.opel.com/en/opel-gt-x-experimental-bold-vision-opel%E2%80%99s-future

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. 1. in Europe where distances are smaller, maybe
    2. It is a concept, so maybe the proddy version will have an option for a larger – but how much is overkill in Europe? Would they export, if so, under what brand name?

  2. Well, not in America. They will be driving electron guzzling suvs in 2020, with a 220 KWh battery probably. I mean, the few who can afford them. The rest will still be driving gas guzzling suvs, all while dreaming of certain unicorns.

  3. Not only capacity has to be considered but also charging times. Bigger battery is more charching time! Or average charging time with a very big energy power needs (just consider the network and the production capacity needed for this).
    An 250-300km autonomi is totally acceptable for a car.
    If all rest will change (battery costs, charging times, availability of power for fast charging) they will just increase the batt capacity …

    All is about rations between demand-offer, and a ballance of compromise.

    1. A bigger battery does mean longer charge time, as in time before the battery is fully charged, but with increasing charger speeds a bigger battery usually also means faster charging as in more kWh per minute and more km per minute of charging.

  4. I could image that they keep the 50 kWh battery, maybe offering a bigger battery as an option. The battery sizes did not increase as fast as I had expected and 2020 is in two years already. I hope the battery sizes will have increased by 2020, but we have to wait an see.

  5. How often do you go on a road trip with a Clio? If you never do that, 50 kWh is plenty. In fact, maybe a bit too much (i.e. expensive)?

    Hopefully they can charge with > 50 kW up to 80%

    1. Hi,
      to me 50 kWh / 300+ km range is enough. For daily usage, definately. For occasional midhauls also. And for longhauls, what’s really important is that this range is combined with efficient recharging. Meaning 50kW+, and (crucial point) a good charging infrastructure. There I do hope for some progress in 2020. And to illustrate my opinion with facts, I’m eagerly waiting for my 28kWh Ioniq…..
      And please bear in mind that big heavy cars with huge batteries (like i-Pace, not to name it) are just ecological nonsense. Take the time to estimate your needs, and pick as much as necessary, and as little as possible, both for car and battery size !

      1. 50 kWh does not give you 300+ km of highway range. In the summer 40 kWh gives you about 200 km of highway range, so 50 kWh gives you only about 250 km of highway range and charging a 50 kWh battery to 80% gives you 40 kWh. Assuming that you do not run your battery completely flat, but keep 10 % you charge your battery from 5 kWh to 40 kWh, which gives you 35 kWh. With 35 kWh you don’t go anywhere near 300 km. So if you use a 50 kWh battery you have to recharge with 35 kWh every about 175 km. If you want drive for longer distances you need a quick charger with at least 50 KW every 175 km. Or about 20 to 30 minutes of charging for every 90 minutes of driving on the highway. This requires that there is a charger where you need it and that the charger is working and not occupied.
        Therefore bigger battery or much improved charging network with both faster and more chargers.

  6. Hi Lars, that’s a misunderstanding, as I’m not a native english speaker. 300 km would be town or land range. And for motorways, 10->80% SoC, so 35kWh should ensure around 220 km, so I come back to my conclusion: the battery size is fine, crucial is the good infrastructure.
    BR, Pierre

  7. I assume that the e-cmp platform will use cell from CATL as Dongfeng use already CATL cells and CATL plan to build a new Gigafactory able to provide 14GWh at Erfurt (Germany)
    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/05/c_137304291.htm
    If we look to the e-cmp platform we can estimate the usage of 8 modules of 24 or 25 prismatics cells
    http://www.automobile-propre.com/forums/ressources/image/1589
    It’s means 200 cells and based on CATL roadmap, prismatic cell with 72Ah is available since 2017
    It’s means 200×3.7×72=53kWh , 50kWh usable with DoD of 95%.

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