‘dock+go’ concept by rinspeed, wherein a detachable axel designed in a variety of ‘packs’ offers additional storage space for electric city cars
the ‘dock+go’ concept by rinspeed is a detachable third axel that offers additional, task-specific storage space
for small electric vehicles.
conceptualized by swiss automotive designer frank rinderknecht, the ‘dock+go’ system offers a variety of specific ‘packs’:
an integrated heated box for food delivery, a segmented toolbox pack, or a golf, camping, beach, or party pack among others.
most innovatively, an ‘energy pack’ contains either a combustion engine or additional batteries or fuel cells to increase
the operating range of electric cars. in the system, the axel of the add-on component drives the second axle,
thereby recharging the onboard battery of the vehicle itself.
rinderknecht demoed the ‘dock+go’ on a two-seater smart car, but the system is adaptable to any electric city car.
rinspeed will exhibit the concept during the 2012 geneva motor show march 3rd through 13th.
demo of smart car with the ‘dock+go’ third axel
animation demo of the concept