Test: Opel e-Rocks – place for plastic – Test drives

Premium At the beginning of the year, Opel will introduce a moped car that is primarily aimed at German young people. New Rocks-e can be performed by fifteen-year-olds. What is it like to drive? Different.

WHAT IS NEW? A moped car may not be what you expect from a manufacturer like Opel, but now it is soon here: the new Opel Rocks e that can even be driven by young people.

In the home country of Germany, the manufacturer sees its latest product as a perfect alternative to electrified or petrol-powered mopeds.

To make the car as attractive and cheap as possible, it has been built from as many similar parts as possible. The front and rear are thus practically identical, which also applies to the doors. This results in the driver’s door being hung at the rear and opening at the front edge, while the door on the passenger side is attached at the front and opens like a normal door. It looks cool, but can be impractical in everyday life because the doors do not have a large enough opening angle.

Look at the pictures and what you see most of is plastic. Even the body consists for the most part of the material and thus must not be washed in an automatic washing machine.

The interior is plastic and stripped. The luggage fits in the passenger compartment footwell.

Here you see what you need, nothing else: speed, charge level and range.

On the inside, it looks the same, plastic everywhere. You even sit on plastic chairs that have been stuffed with, you may have already guessed it, plastic. It may sound awful, but you sit better and more spacious here than you might have thought.

The large glass roof makes the black-yellow (optional) interior look bigger than it really is and to maximize the airy feeling, the passenger seat has also been moved back.

Rocks-e lacks a luggage compartment. Jackets and other soft things can advantageously be stored behind the seats and slightly larger luggage can be stowed away on the passenger side footwell, which offers 63 liters. Then, however, it is time for the passenger to stay at home.

HOW IS IT TO DRIVE? Turn the ignition key, wait for the acoustic signal, select position D to the left of the driver’s seat and then Rocks-e buzzes away.

The Opel sounds like an electric car, but does not really feel like one. It is simply missing the electric car-typical blow to the face when accelerating. But where should it come from? The small electric motor powers a maximum of 12 hp (constant power 8 hp), which is not very much when the car weighs 471 kg.

The identical doors open towards each other, but unfortunately not large enough.

From a standstill, you can possibly get a reasonably proper sprint, but only if the road does not slope upwards. In all situations, constant full throttle applies. Rocks-e can handle 45 km / h at most, which should be enough for city traffic. If you release the accelerator pedal, Opel recovers to spare the brakes.

Although the suspension comfort is not catastrophic, you can both hear and feel every single hole in the road. Sound insulation is taboo here because of its weight. However, there is at least one heating system in the car that can provide a six degree temperature difference. This means that you do not wear a Rocks e in t-shirt and shorts in the middle of winter.

If you need to charge the 5.5 kWh battery, just find the three-meter-long cord from the compartment behind the passenger door and plug it into a standard electrical outlet. Fully charging the battery takes 3.5 hours. If you want to use a type 2 wallbox, an adapter (optional) is required.

NERD FACTS. The idea of ​​a moped car from the Stellantis Group, which Opel is part of, is not as new as you might think. In 2020, Citroën presented its small city flea Ami, which just like the Opel Rocks-e is only 2.41 meters long, 1.39 meters wide and weighs in at 471 kg. The range of 75 km, the top speed of 45 km / h and the battery capacity of 5.5 kWh are of course also identical.

SHOULD I BUY ONE? The advantages of a moped are many: you sit dry, reasonably warm, comfortable and safer in an Opel Rocks e. In Germany, the price has been set at 7,990 euros, but it is uncertain whether the model will come to Sweden. A good alternative to other, usually much more expensive electric cars, the Rocks-e is definitely.

EDITING: Tobias Mersinger /// PHOTO: Dani Heyne

Source: Senaste nytt från auto motor & sport by www.mestmotor.se.

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