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Rinspeed Dock+Go

2012 Geneva Auto Show


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2012 Geneva Auto Show

Just 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.

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