Opel Rocks-e in the shit storm: Haters shoot against City Stromers
Created: 05/13/2022, 17:30
By: Marcus Efler
Too small, too slow, too different: On social media, users are scolding the electric Opel Rocks-e.
They are only partially right.
Rüsselsheim – Is it now a car, a scooter with four wheels and a roof, or just a rolling braking chicane?
According to the manufacturer, it is clearly not the former: the Opel Rocks-e is not sold as a car, but as a “four-wheeled light vehicle”.
As a result, even 15-year-olds can drive the City-Stromer at a top speed of 45 km/h, provided they have the appropriate AM driver's license.
Opel does not offer its Rocks-e to customers as a fully-fledged city car, but as a safe replacement for the moped, or a comfortable, corona-free alternative to the subway - and the little car fulfills exactly this task convincingly, as the driving report on 24auto shows .de shows.
However, he apparently annoys or provokes the drivers of "real" cars.
The design of the Opel Rocks-e is also controversial.
© Christian Bitmmann/Opel
Because the tiny car drives through a shit storm on social media.
"Poor phone booth on wheels" is one of the friendlier comments, for example in the corresponding entry on the Facebook page of 24auto.de, and one of the more hateful ones: "The problem with cucumbers like this is that they are always so difficult to remove from the radiator grille , when my ranger inhales it".
Some positive comments (“I just don’t see a problem for the city”) bravely counter.
All haters seem to have one thing in common: they actually don't know the car at all.
The fact that it is not declared as a car is just as unknown to many as its technical concept.
A user reports from his "Head Cinema" how he tried in vain to load his purchases into the non-existent trunk - but was probably in the wrong film.
Because they fit, including beverage crates, in a space specially provided for this purpose in the interior.
However, the owner has to decide between a passenger or luggage: A SUM is not an SUV.
But a vehicle of “Sustainable Urban Mobility”, as Opel spells it.
However, the objective disadvantages cannot be ignored either: the stately price of just under 8,000 euros cannot be mitigated with an environmental premium (but this is currently generally considered unsafe).
The legally prescribed maximum speed of 45 km/h (which the manufacturer is not responsible for) is an impertinence for the driver and forbids him to use the motorway for which a vehicle must be able to reach at least 60 km/h.
And the range of 75 kilometers is no longer up-to-date for a city mobile, especially since the Opel isn't faster when it comes to charging either.
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That's him at the traffic light.
The mockery in social media about sprint abilities according to technical data (10 seconds to 45 km/h) also misses reality: the 12-hp car pulls off surprisingly strongly, especially on the crucial first few meters at the traffic light start.
But of course you only know that if you've ridden it yourself.