Opel has released the first details about the Meriva EV. It features a 16 kWh battery and a 60 kW (82 PS / 80 hp) electric motor.

Opel has released the first details about the Meriva EV.

Designed to "study new intelligent charging technologies," the Meriva features a 16 kWh battery which powers an electric motor that produces 60 kW (82 PS / 80 hp) and 215 Nm (159 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the MPV to travel up to 64 km (40 miles) and hit a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).

While everything sounds pretty typical - aside from the limited range - the prototype also has a bi-directional charging system. The first mode is for recharging (via a 230V household outlet or 400V rapid charger), while the second allows the car to feed power back into the electric grid / house. This would effectively turn the Meriva into a giant battery which could power your home when the electricity is out.

According to Opel's Vice President of Engineering, Rita Forst, "The electric Meriva may look like the production car, but is a pure research-vehicle. We are testing charging at high currents in less than one hour, as well as the communication protocols between the vehicle and charging station."

Check out the press release for additional information

Opel Meriva EV - New details released