The Opel Rocks-e is small, manoeuvrable, electric – and emissions-free. The e-midget is also versatile and can be used in a variety of ways, such as for commuting or for deliveries. The Opel fire brigade in Rüsselsheim is also experiencing this versatility, as a red Opel Rocks-e has gone into service there.
The smallest vehicle in the fire brigade’s fleet is a real one-off. But the fire-red livery, special signalling 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 1.9 km2 site, for example, to check fire extinguishers.
Using the agile Rocks-e – whose turning circle is only 7.20 metres – the fire brigade drives emissions-free and can reach every corner of the premises quickly. The range of 75 kilometres (according to WLTP1) 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 2.41-m length and the 1.39-m (excl. 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 a stylish, affordable entry ticket to electric mobility for young people aged 15 and over; soon it will also be available in delivery vehicle format as the Opel Rocks-e KARGO.