German carmaker Opel has revealed the first SUM. The new Opel Rocks-e stands for Sustainable Urban Mobility. The entry-level electric vehicle can already be driven in Germany by young people from 15 years of age with the AM driving licence. With the 2.41-metre short two-seater, Opel continues its electrification offensive. The German carmaker is expanding its model portfolio with a battery-electric SUM vehicle below the Corsa-e that nearly any driver can afford, from young beginners to urban commuters. The entry-level price for the new Opel Rocks-e in Germany will be clearly less than for a small car and the monthly leasing cost will be similar to that of a ticket for local public transportation. The Rocks-e will be available to order online or directly at selected Opel dealers from autumn onwards in Germany - additional markets are planned to follow in 2022.
"Our new Opel Rocks-e is uncompromising in every respect. The design is bold and pure, the dimensions are extremely compact. Our SUM 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," says Opel's head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman. "Opel is simply 'menschlich' and approachable - the Rocks‑e delivers further proof."
The new Opel Rocks-e is just 2.41 metres long, 1.39 m wide (without exterior mirrors) and weighs only 471 kilograms (incl. traction battery), which means it is officially classified as a light motor vehicle. In Germany teenagers as young as 15 years1 are allowed to drive it with driving licence class AM. A corresponding amendment has come into force in 2021 that means this regulation now applies throughout Germany. The legislator thus supports the mobility needs of young people, especially for the way to school or place of study. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Electric Vehicles: Land, Sea and Air 2021-2041.
Opel's smart entry-ticket to electric mobility offers a range of up to 75 kilometres according to WLTP, which can be covered at up to 45 km/h. This makes it ideal for everyday city traffic - not only for young drivers, but also for those who want to commute emissions-free and don't want to spend a long time looking for a parking space at their destination. The 14-inch wheels and turning circle of only 7.20 m make the Rocks-e ideal for the city, mastering tight corners and fitting into small parking spaces.
The 5.5 kWh battery of the Opel Rocks-e can be fully recharged in around 3.5 hours via any standard household socket. The accompanying three-metre-long charging cable is permanently housed in the SUM and simply pulled out of the passenger door when needed. Opel offers an adapter for charging at a public charging station. The passenger door swings forward as usual, while the driver's door swings backwards in the opposite direction. The front and rear body panels are also similar.
Inside, the two seats are offset to each other so that the front passenger has comfortable legroom and the driver can move their seat lengthwise. Headroom is ample, even for people more than 1.90 m tall. In addition, despite its compact dimensions, the new Rocks-e offers a luggage volume of up to 63 litres in the passenger footwell, plus a smart hook for an XXL-size shopping bag.
Thanks to the compact dimensions and large windows, Opel Rocks-e drivers enjoy good all-round visibility. A light, pleasant atmosphere in the interior is provided by the standard panoramic glass roof - unusual for a vehicle in this price category. The Rocks-e is available in three distinctive equipment lines: as Opel Rocks-e, Opel Rocks-e "Klub" and Opel Rocks-e "TeKno".
Source and images: Opel