Thursday 29 September 2016

The wired and the weird make this a strange sort of show

Eddie Cunningham and John Galvin

Published 02/03/2016 | 02:30

Covered cars are pictured at the stand of Renault at the 86th International Motor Show in Geneva.
Covered cars are pictured at the stand of Renault at the 86th International Motor Show in Geneva.

Geneva has been a strange sort of show this year.

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There is nothing truly outstanding in terms of big re-defining breakthroughs.

Yes, the spread of acute concept designs, niche makes, mainstream motors and outrageous performance cars reflect the ever-widening supply curve for increasingly individual cars.

But apart from SUVs (see main story) there was not what you would call a collective push forward on any major front.

Usually there can be a meeting of minds/visceral competition between the major manufacturers on what is coming next.

We have had big trends towards electric cars, plug-in hybrids, diesels, petrol's resurrection in latter years.

They are all here again - and improved and making stronger cases.

Yet none, with one or two exceptions, are of sufficient impact to have us flocking to see and hear the 'next best thing'.

As we say, it is a strange sort of show so perhaps it is no wonder we pick out one of the stranger offerings for you.

Electric power has a big future for cars but as you know right now the problem is range, or the lack of it.

Tesla are getting it right, with big batteries and efficient electronics, but one of the more bizarre solutions here was a trailer that you tow behind your electric car.

The trailer contains a petrol powered generator that feeds electricity to your car.

EP Tender are the crowd who came up with this ridiculous scheme and believe it or not, they're being funded by the EU.

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