Automobile brand of the Stellantis group, Opel has just unveiled its new model Rocks-e internationally, an electric machine designed in collaboration with the Africa Technical Center, the Group’s research and development center located in Casablanca.
Although it is in reality a rebadged Citroën Ami, this novelty constitutes for the brand in lightning its first solution of sustainable urban mobility. According to the staff of the German manufacturer, this all-electric vehicle meets the changing needs of mobility in various markets around the world.
It will be assembled in the Kingdom at the heart of the Stellantis plant in Kénitra, which already produces the Peugeot 208 and the Citroën Ami. “Stellantis in Morocco is positioned as a major contributor to the country’s automotive industry. The production of the Opel Rocks-e will benefit from an ecosystem of local suppliers and a talented and diverse team within the Africa Technical Center and at the Kenitra plant,” said Samir Cherfran for the occasion, Chief Operating Officer of Stellantis for the Middle East and Africa region.
On the design side, the differences are minimal compared to a Friend. The Rocks-e retains identical front and rear panels to keep costs down, as well as asymmetrically opening doors. On the other hand, it differs from the small Citroën with regard to its exterior and interior personalization.
Technically, the machine has a range of 75 kilometers and a top speed that can reach up to 45 km/h. This makes it an ideal model for daily city traffic, not only for young drivers, but also for those who want to travel without polluting emissions and who do not want to spend a lot of time looking for a parking space in their area destination, says Opel. Note that the start of orders will first take place in Germany and other markets will follow in 2022.