New mobility solutions at the Brussels Motor Show 2018
This year, the Brussels Motor Show welcomed a number of interesting concept cars and some other new services and products in the vanguard of technological innovation.
Renault and Peugeot display concept cars that could be cousins, perhaps even brothers. The Renault Symbioz and the Peugeot Instinct both feature a strikingly modern, sleek design, an electric drivetrain and self-driving promises. No concrete plans for production models.
MINI's Electric Concept Hatch is more concrete, with a promised production-ready launch date of 2019. This new electric model will complement the plug-in hybrid MINI Cooper S E Countryman.
Talk to the wheel
Jaguar reminded us of their Sayer steering wheel. In Jaguar's future, drivers won't own a car. Rather, they will own their own multifunctional and voice-operated Sayer steering wheel that will offer them access to the car that best suits their needs at a particular moment. (Photo: Jaguar)
Skoda displays its concept SUV Vision E, the first electric Skoda that should be ready to go on sale in 2020. It will be level 3 self-driving.
In Antwerp, the Poppies grow
The Belgian VW importer D'Ieteren launched Poppy, a new carsharing service using the Volkswagen e-Golf and the Audi A3 G-Tron (picture on top). The free-floating service starts in Antwerp and will be expanded to the other major cities in Belgium in the near future.
The Belgian manufacturer of charging poles and charging systems and billing software eNovates and its installer arm Blue Corner offer a wide range of solutions to charge electric vehicles at the office or at home.
A novel idea they are implementing is to offer bidirectional charging. Today's EVs offer ranges far surpassing most people's daily needs. Rather than charging the car to 100% and top it up at home, part of the electricity from the car's battery can be transferred back to the grid for use at home, leaving plenty of range for the commute in the morning. (Photo: Blue Corner)