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The 2019 Geneva Motor Show is heating up, and there’s already all sorts of cool new technology popping up from many automakers. Here at NowCar, we love hearing about all the new technological advancements coming from the auto industry. Whether it be smartphone capability (now the norm), autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, flying cars, or just futuristic concepts, we’re on it. Check out our coverage of the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show so far and look towards a bright future.
Mitsubishi Dendo Drive House
The Mitsubishi Dendo Dfrove House (DDH) is one of our favorites. It’s just so futuristic – imagine a home powered by solar panels. The concept is nothing new, but what happens when the home’s power grid has absorbed enough energy? Where does the excess go? Mitsubishi solved that problem during an experiment in conjunction with Hitachi Europe and ENGIE, where they tested and essentially created renewable, neutral, free energy. This was accomplished by siphoning off excess energy from ENGIE, a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) also outfitted with solar panels, and using it to charge up the electric battery in the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
For the DDH, the concept is the same. The DDH is outfitted with solar panels, and the energy is converted into electricity that is stored in a home battery and shared with the rest of the house to power electronics and what not. Excess energy is covered through a bi-directional charger that transmits it into, yes, a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in the garage. There are many potential benefits with this technology, lower utility bills being one of them. Mitsubishi also says the system can work without a PHEV and charge up through the city power grid at night. They will also be offering package deals with select dealerships in late 2019.
Imagine by Kia
A new electric concept by Kia Motors, this concept vehicle will be the first “pure electric vehicle” by the automaker. That is to say, the electric vehicle (EV) isn’t based on an already popular internal gas combustion model, like the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid and Niro EV, or the Kia Soul EV. With a focus on performance and inspiration from the Kia Stinger and new GT lineup, Kia Motors is focused on making electric vehicles that can double as performance cars.
The craziest bit of technology they unleashed with this concept was the dashboard. Sitting atop were twenty-one individual ultra-high-resolution screens that curve their synchronized way across. It may be a humorous sucker punch to all the automakers going for bigger and better touchscreens, but the screens effectively create a single unified display that gives the driver a unified view of their surroundings.
Jeep® Plug-in Hybrids
Plug-in Hybrids, PHEVs, are nothing new, but they’re new to off-road automaker Jeep. At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Jeep revealed a plug-in hybrid variant of the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass. Both vehicles are being powered by a 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, capable of generating up to 240 horsepower, and an electric motor. At the moment, both vehicles have been tested to travel up to 30 miles on electricity alone. Due to the increased torque from an electric motor, the 4x4 capabilities are still intact with a new drivetrain, courtesy of the electric motor.
Want to learn more? The 2019 Geneva International Motor Show lasts until March 17th. Follow NowCar on social media for more news on all the cool tech.