General Motors (Opel) getting it’s Euro Rocks off……
Even though it’s not destined for UK shores, we couldn’t resist having a look at the tiny micro machine-esque city car from Opel
The Rocks-e (your guess is as good as ours) will initially launch in Germany by the end of this year and amazingly, teenagers aged 15 and above with a light vehicle license will be legally allowed to drive it. Opel are looking to extend it into other markets in early 2022 but, unfortunately, there are no current plans to bring it to the UK under the Vauxhall badge.
Opel’s head of sales and marketing; Stephen Norman said about the tiny vehicle:
“Our new Opel Rocks-e is uncompromising in every respect. The design is bold and pure, the dimensions are extremely compact. The car drives purely on electricity and the price is unbeatable. The Rocks-e enables smart and functional electric mobility for everyone and will attract a lot of attention”,
We have previously featured the VW e- UP!, which, if we’re being honest, was as small as we thought ‘things’ would get. And now there’s the Opel Rocks-e, which unbelievably comes in at nearly half the size of the VW up! -e at 1.39 metres wide and 2.41 metres long.
Inside the car is pretty spartan, with a digital driver display and a phone mount. Given its minute size, there is, however, a clever use of the dashboard and passenger foot well for storage but that’s about as luxurious and spacious as it gets.
A top speed of 28mph from an 8hp electric motor provides up to 48 miles of range meaning a full charge will complete in just over 3 hrs
It will cost around the £5000 mark and will launch later this year.
Could the Rocks-e be the modern day Messerschmitt car – all about function and getting from A-B with the minimum of fuss? There’s undoubtedly room for micro-cars in the motoring world (and probably in your living room) and when they’re battery-powered, what’s not to like? Fingers crossed that we get to see the Rocks-e on our roads sometime soon……