Opel is extending the offerings of its emissions-free Rocks-e electric-powered two-passenger quadricycle built for business city centers. Now, following in the footsteps of the Citroën brand, Opel will sell a delivery version of the light motor vehicle called the Rocks-e KARGO.
The Rocks-e KARGO will offer a Sustainable Urban Mobility (SUM) vehicle ideal for delivering goods such as parcels, medicines, flowers, and even pizza around crowded urban areas.
Unlike the standard model, the Rocks-e KARGO ditches the passenger seat and adds a modular cargo space go enough to transport orders, correspondence, tools, objects of all types with complete security. Replacing the passenger seat opens up a 260-liter (9.2 cubic-foot) storage space with the capacity to accommodate a payload of 140 kg (308.6 lbs.) thanks to a modular and protected box made up of seven partitions molded in polypropylene.
Drivers can access the goods stowed in the cargo compartment via the passenger door as well as directly from their seat. For the latter, the horizontal cover above the load compartment simply lifts up towards the window. If goods are removed via the open passenger door, the cover can be lifted upwards. When the cover is horizontal again in its anchorage, it can support up to 40 kg (88 lbs) and also serves as a practical desk with a slip-free work surface. Thanks to precisely shaped recesses, there is room for a delivery note and clipboard in A4 format as well as a laptop or tablet. Slightly elevated behind it, within easy reach, is another fold-away storage compartment for smaller objects such as sunglasses, calendars, or pens. The height of the desk and storage compartment ensures an unrestricted all-around view.
Even though the Rocks-e KARGO only weighs 485 kg (or about 1,069 lbs) with its 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, housed flat under the floor, don’t expect lightning performance like most electric vehicles on the market. The Rocks-e KARGO only has a 6.5 kW electric motor that operates at 48-volts driving its front wheels, which lets the Rocks-e KARGO can travel up to a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph).
The Rocks-e KARGO has a range of up to 75 kilometers (or about 46.6 miles) on a charge. Speaking of charging, there is an onboard electric cable located on the passenger side of the vehicle that can charge the vehicle to 100% in about 3 hours using a conventional 220-volt outlet.
Also typical for the Rocks-e KARGO is the two-tone look of the front and rear, as well as the new Opel Vizor brand face. LED headlamps and LED indicators are standard. The side sills and bodywork further underline the robust appearance. The doors on both sides are identical. The passenger-side door swings forward as usual, while the driver’s door swings backward in the opposite direction. A bright, pleasant interior atmosphere is provided by the standard panoramic glass roof, exceptional for a vehicle of this kind.
The new Opel Rocks-e KARGO will complete the Opel SUM family later this year. Further information on prices and order ability will follow shortly.
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