Combo to go
THE Geneva motor show would not be complete without a wacky concept from Rinspeed. This year it’s the Dock+go, a Smart-based combo that can tow its own recharging station. It takes the box trailer to a whole new level.
Any electrified city speedster could serve as the basis for “Dock+go”. For demonstration purposes Rinspeed selected an electric, two-seat Smart car as the basis. Different “packs” can convert the tiny electric car to different purposes. In Geneva it was a rolling “sound pack” filled with gear from audio specialist Harman (above).
An “energy pack”, fitted with a range extender or additional batteries, powered by a fuel cell or equipped with a combustion engine, provides the crucial extra kilometres to reach more distant destinations.
The docked third axle drives the rotating second axle and, in doing so, also recharges the on-board batteries of the city speedster.
It’s been dubbed the world’s first Variohybrid. And to top it all off: when the pack with auxiliary batteries is docked and the vehicle is not in use, the pack will even provide electricity to the owner’s home or serve as a buffer for the public energy grid, in effect turning it into a “smart grid”.