Modular pick-up truck transforms
September 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
MBtech, a subsidiary of Daimler, has created a radical pick-up truck concept for the Hannover Truck Show. The Reporter is a four-seat plug-in hybrid which can transform into a people-carrier, thanks to its modular body structure. It’s even “realistically feasible today and not in 2025”, says MBtech president Werner Kropsbauer. Power comes from a 101bhp 1.2-litre, four-cylinder engine (petrol- or natural gas-fuelled) driving the front wheels and a 70kW motor propelling the rear; top speed is (theoretically) 80mph and the range 185 miles. Battery power is supplemented by solar panels on the roof, which collect enough energy to power the vehicle’s electrical systems and air conditioning.