2022 Opel Rocks-e - The new Rocks-e stands for Sustainable Urban Mobility | Mini Auto

Opel has unveiled the Rocks-e, an entry-level electric vehicle designed for urban mobility that can be driven by 15-year-olds.



Essentially, the Rocks-e is a revamped Citroen AMI - a small, two-seat EV with a range of 75 km and a top speed of 45 km per hour.

“Our new Opel Rocks-e is uncompromising in every way. Bold and pure design, extremely compact size. Our SUM is fully electric drive and most competitively priced. Stephen Norman, head of sales and marketing at Opel, said:

My first Opel: Clever, extra-cool mobility in the city

The new Opel Rocks-e is simply different; a stylish, emissions-free small vehicle for two that requires little space in towns. Best of all, the Rocks-e is just 2.41 metres long, 1.39 m wide (without exterior mirrors) and weighs only 471 kilograms (incl. traction battery), which means it is officially classified as a light motor vehicle. In Germany teenagers as young as 15 years1 are allowed to drive it with driving licence class AM. A corresponding amendment has come into force in 2021 that means this regulation now applies throughout Germany. The legislator thus supports the mobility needs of young people, especially for the way to school or place of study. The new Opel Rocks-e is perfectly suited for this job.

Opel's smart entry-ticket to electric mobility offers a range of up to 75 kilometres according to WLTP2, which can be covered at up to 45 km/h. This makes it ideal for everyday city traffic - not only for young drivers, but also for those who want to commute emissions-free and don't want to spend a long time looking for a parking space at their destination. The 14-inch wheels and turning circle of only 7.20 m make the Rocks-e ideal for the city, mastering tight corners and fitting into small parking spaces.

The 5.5 kWh battery of the Opel Rocks-e can be fully recharged in around 3.5 hours via any standard household socket. The accompanying three-metre-long charging cable is permanently housed in the SUM and simply pulled out of the passenger door when needed. Opel offers an adapter for charging at a public charging station.

SUM with style: Doors open in opposite directions and Opel Vizor

The Rocks-e features the new Opel Vizor brand face, including LED headlights and indicators. The doors on both sides are identical which enhances its bold and pure look. The passenger door swings forward as usual, while the driver's door swings backwards in the opposite direction. The front and rear body panels are also similar.

Inside, the two seats are offset to each other so that the front passenger has comfortable legroom and the driver can move their seat lengthwise. Headroom is ample, even for people more than 1.90 m tall. In addition, despite its compact dimensions, the new Rocks-e offers a luggage volume of up to 63 litres in the passenger footwell, plus a smart hook for an XXL-size shopping bag.

The cockpit meets the requirements of the modern young generation: clear and focused on the essentials. The display shows speed, driving mode (Drive, Neutral, Reverse), battery state of charge, remaining range and mileage at a glance. Practical details include the smartphone holder located on the centre console. Services such as the "myOpel" app provide further practical information.

Thanks to the compact dimensions and large windows, Opel Rocks-e drivers enjoy good all-round visibility. A light, pleasant atmosphere in the interior is provided by the standard panoramic glass roof - unusual for a vehicle in this price category. The Rocks-e is available in three distinctive equipment lines: as Opel Rocks-e, Opel Rocks-e "Klub" and Opel Rocks-e "TeKno".

The name "Rocks" has tradition at the German carmaker. Until quite recently the Opel ADAM Rocks and Opel KARL Rocks added their own special flair to the brand - distinctively equipped, with cool-looking off-road extras and therefore ready for the day-to-day drive through the urban jungle. The new Opel Rocks-e is even more adapted to use in towns and cities. Purely electric, emissions free and almost silent, the new model is good for the conscience as well as the environment.

Opel did not disclose exact pricing details for the Rocks-e, but suggested that the monthly rental plan would cost the same as a monthly public transit ticket. Pre-orders will open in Germany this fall.






2022 Opel Rocks-e - The new Rocks-e stands for Sustainable Urban Mobility | Mini Auto 2022 Opel Rocks-e - The new Rocks-e stands for Sustainable Urban Mobility | Mini Auto Reviewed by Car Blog 311 on August 25, 2021 Rating: 5

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