Zumikon-based Rinspeed has just released the 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept which is a Smart ED with a detachable backpack you can fit with a proper petrol engine, fuel cell or battery pack. Like the previous iChange concept from 2009, the 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept features a flexible body design with a relatively unique three axle configuration; the docked third axle drives the rotating second axle, recharging the ED’s on-board batteries.
Although the 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept features a simple gimmick, it does make you wonder if we really need huge estate cars or SUVs with their greedy footprints when a simple Dock + Go system could in fact provide more than enough stowage for many motorists. The 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept specs is based around a Smart ForTwo minicar but it’s not just any kind of Smart ForTwo, it’s the zero-emission Smart ForTwo Electric Drive.
On a full charge the 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept will take its three axles over a distance of 75 miles according to Rinspeed. Though the 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept is based on the Smart car, it’s designed to be much lighter with bespoke alloy wheels and innovative steel frames. The 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept is also a car with the digital/social-networking age firmly in mind.
The chrome accents on the 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept bodywork are, in fact, digital displays that turn blue at night and can show logos, advertisements, messages and even Facebook updates for the sort of people who must update they world about what they’re doing at all times.
Having a minimalist, super-economical electric car and still being able to carry more stuff doesn’t necessarily mean having two cars nor does it mean hauling around a lot of extra car all the time on the off chance that you’ll need it once in a while; instead, the 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept makes all that surplus car detachable.
The Dock+Go achieves this by designing a 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept that can accept a sort of module or pack with its own axle that bolts onto the rear. The module mates to the 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept body in such a way that it looks like a metal bustle, or as if someone had grabbed the hatchback by its rear door and pulled very hard.
The module, which is seen as being purchased or hired by the 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept owner, comes in two versions: cargo and power. The 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept module isn’t very big, at only two-feet long (61 cm) overall, there’s not much room. Given that the 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept is intended as an electric car and the cargo version doesn’t bring any extra power with it, these seem a bit on the optimistic side.
The energy pack as the powered version is referred to, consists of extra batteries to extend the 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept range, but can also be a fuel cell or a hybrid engine. The 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept could act as a “Variohybrid” to turn the car’s rear axle, charging the main battery, though this does have a whiff of perpetual motion about it. When it’s not bolted to the car, the 2012 Rinspeed Dock-Go Concept module could also act as an auxiliary power source for the home
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