Stellantis has shown that its two-seater quadricycle can have many purposes outside being an affordable electrified city vehicle. Opel recently found another purpose for the small, maneuverable, electric vehicle known as the Rocks-e. It now has become an important part of the Rüsselsheim Assembly Plant’s fire brigade.
The smallest vehicle in the fire brigade’s fleet is a real one-off. But the fire-red livery, special signaling system, flashing front lights, and emergency numbers make its purpose clear. The Rocks-e is equipped with everything needed for duty on the Rüsselsheim plant premises. With plenty of space available under the passenger seat and in the footwell for tools, the zero-emissions quadricycle is fit for duty on the 470-acre site, for example, to check fire extinguishers.
Using the agile Rocks-e – whose turning circle is only 23.6 feet – the fire brigade drives emissions-free and can reach every corner of the premises quickly. The range of 75 kilometers (46.6 miles) according to WLTP, is more than enough. Instead of parking the vehicle at the door and walking the rest of the way through the expansive buildings, as was previously the case, the firemen are allowed to drive inside thanks to the electric propulsion system, the 7.9 feet length, and the 4.56 feet (excluding exterior mirrors) width. That saves a lot of time. The Rocks-e is also an eye-catcher wherever it goes and always puts a smile on employees’ faces.
The Opel Rocks-e for the Rüsselsheim plant fire brigade was jointly created by the firemen themselves, colleagues from Advanced Engineering, and OSV (Opel Special Vehicles). With this unique conversion, the German brand once again demonstrates the versatility of the diminutive electric vehicle. The innovative Rocks-e is not only an affordable entry ticket to electric mobility for young people aged 15 and over in certain countries; soon it will also be available in delivery vehicle format as the Opel Rocks-e KARGO.
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