Opel is launching a compact electric car that offers Sustainable Urban Mobility. However, because its top speed is limited to 45 km/hour, it does not meet the definition of a car. Instead, the Rocks-e is an electrically powered microcar that can be driven in Belgium from the age of 16.
The Rocks-e is nothing more or less than a rebadged Citroën Ami, and the German manufacturer hasn’t even bothered to camouflage its origins. The body panels, the snout and the rear of the compact city car resemble the French Ami perfectly.
The quasi-symmetrical design is also remarkable, as the panel of the snout is almost identical to that of the rear. You notice the difference especially in the white headlights and the red rear lights. This Opel derivative of the Ami is the second Stellantis product on this basis. Other versions by, say, Peugeot or even Fiat may follow.
The performance of the Rocks-e is rather modest. The two-seater measures 2,41 meters, has a trunk space of 63 liters and weighs 471 kg including battery. Opel also plans a van version. The electric motor delivers 6 kW (8 hp) and enables a modest top speed of 4 km/hour.
The battery has a capacity of 5.5 kWh, giving the four-wheeler an autonomy of up to 75 km. Charging time at a conventional 230 V socket with 10 A current is three hours. This Opel will be launched in Germany in the autumn of 2021.
In Belgium, it will have to wait until early 2022. The exact prices are not known yet, but the Citroën Ami costs just over 7 000 euros. This little car is not only aimed at private buyers, but is also very suitable for shared mobility platforms in the city.