German carmaker Opel has designed a vehicle with an unlikely target market: not only city dwellers looking for more mobility, but also “young people from the age of 15”. Teenagers with a German AM license – essentially a scooter license – can legally drive the Opel Rocks-e, which they charge as a SUM (Sustainable Urban Mobility) vehicle.
They also seem to target those who could get around by bicycle, pointing out that the SUM will protect you from wind and rain, while supporting “the mobility needs of young people, especially to get to school or instead of. studies, âthe company said. writing. “The new Opel Rocks-e is perfectly suited for this job.”
This SUM is diminutive; the company describes it as “2.41 meters short” (less than 8 feet) and 1.39 meters wide (4.6 feet). The battery-powered two-seater peaks at 45 km / h (28 MPH) and has a range of 75 km (47 miles). It takes 3.5 hours to charge from a standard household outlet.
Oddly enough, the driver and passenger doors are not mirror images of each other, but are identical. This means that the passenger door is hinged to the right and opens in a conventional manner. The driver’s door is also hinged to the right, and therefore opens in the “suicide” configuration.
I can only imagine that this was done to save costs; Opel claims the Rocks-e is a vehicle “almost any driver can afford, from young beginners to urban commuters. The entry-level price of the new Opel Rocks-e in Germany will be clearly lower than that of the new Opel Rocks-e. ‘a small car and monthly leasing the cost will be similar to that of a ticket for local public transport. “
The price has not yet been announced, but should be soon; the Rocks-e is expected to launch in Europe this fall.
Looks like these microcar manufacturers from China were way ahead of this one!