2012 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Rinspeed is touting its "backpack on wheels" concept as a detachable range-extender for electric cars.
- The Dock+Go concept adds a third axle with an extra set of wheels.
- Rinspeed describes the concept as a "modular mobility system."
GENEVA — Swiss tuner/tinkerer Frank Rinderknecht will bring another slightly wacky yet innovative concept — a "modular mobility system" — to the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. The Rinspeed Dock+Go, which the company describes as a "backpack on wheels," adds a mini-trailer on a single axle that can serve as a range-extender for electric cars — and much more.
For the Geneva show, Rinspeed is pairing its module to a Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. The company describes this particular configuration as an "energy pack," which it says can be equipped with a gasoline engine or fuel cell and can be recharged at home from a rooftop solar panel.
Rinspeed also envisions a wide range of detachable modules, including just-for-fun units for camping, golf, skiing, beach or partying, as well as commercial units for everyone from carpenters and construction workers (tool pack) to pizza-delivery drivers (heated pack).
Edmunds.com says: Rinderknecht pulls another mechanical rabbit out of his seemingly bottomless hat.