Opel Rocks-e, the German sister of the Citroen Ami arrives

Opel Rocks-e, the German sister of the Citroen Ami arrives

Opel Rocks-e

The Citroen Ami was an excellent idea for Stellantis, if it is true that Opel will offer another version called Rocks-e with a more "trendy" target. It is again a city minicar classified as a moped and therefore can be driven from the age of 14. Like its French sister, it has a very limited size and performance since its use is limited to short trips in crowded areas. We are talking about 45 kilometers per hour as the maximum speed and only 75 km of autonomy, rechargeable in three and a half hours from any home socket (or public, via adapter).

Compared to the Citroen Ami, the differences are greatly aesthetic part and, as already mentioned, of target. The Rocks-e is more trendy thanks to the yellow inserts, the sportier appearance and minor changes to the interior. Despite its small size, it is able to accommodate passengers even 1.90 high thanks to the revision of the seats. To underline the "fashionable" character of this vehicle, Opel has even invented a new acronym, SUM: Sustainable Urban Mobility. We will hardly see it again, but we appreciate the courage of the German marketing sections.

Among the peculiarities of the Rocks-e, we note the standard panoramic roof on all models, the inevitable housing for smartphones and doors hinged in very particular way. If that of the passenger opens as in most cars, that of the driver rotates at the rear like the notorious "suicide doors". The reason for this choice is not clear, but it must be a hallmark of the SUM category just invented by Opel.

Regarding the prices, they should remain in line with those of the Citroen Ami and in any case there are no precise details about it. In any case, Opel announces that they will be very affordable, lower than those of a small subcompact and with various leasing options. We will know more in the autumn, when the first examples will arrive in some German car showrooms, and then reach the other markets. As in the case of the Ami, it will also be possible to order and configure our Rocks-e directly via the Internet.

Opel Rocks-e EV, with 75km range, revealed in three trims

Last updated on Aug 25, 2021, 02:35 pm

Opel reveals its Rocks-e mini electric car

German automaker Opel has revealed the world's first 'Sustainable Urban Mobility' (SUM) vehicle, called the Rocks-e. It is available in three trims: Base, Klub, and TeKno. The mini car is a rebadged version of the Citroën Ami and has a quirky look. It draws power from an electric powertrain and promises a range of 75km on a single charge. Here are more details.


The EV has 14-inch wheels and round headlights

The Opel Rocks-e has a silver-colored front panel with the company's logo, circular headlights, and a glass roof. On the sides, the vehicle is flanked by doors that open in opposite directions, round ORVMs, and 14-inch designer wheels. Round taillights and 'ROCKS' lettering are available on the rear. Dimensions-wise, it is 2,410mm long and weighs 425kg (excluding the battery).


The vehicle gets two seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel

The Opel Rocks-e EV shares its blacked-out 2-seater cabin with the Citroën Ami, featuring a heating facility, yellow accents, as well as a charging socket. Some space for storing goods and a 3-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel are also available.


It has a top-speed of 45km/h

The Opel Rocks-e draws power from an electric motor mated a 5.5kWh battery pack that can be fully charged in around 3.5 hours using a regular household socket. The setup delivers 8hp of maximum power. The mini electric car can hit a top-speed of 45km/h and has a maximum range of 75km on a single charge.


Opel Rocks-e: Availability

The Opel Rocks-e will be up for grabs in Germany later this year and shall make its way to other European markets in 2022. Pricing details of the EV are yet to be announced.