When we see an electric Volkswagen Beetle – aka, the Bug – towing the newfangled electric-powered range extender called an ebuggy, we'll be really impressed. In the meantime, we'll have to be satisfied that the Stuttgart-based ebuggy has been feted for its satellite navigation capabilities, according to Hybrid Cars.

In this case, ebuggy has won the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2012 for the Hessen region. Nokia, the European Space Agency and the German Aerospace Centre are among sponsors of the competition. Germany's Ministry of Economics and Technology helped fund the first ebuggy prototype.

Ebuggy was first promoted a few months ago as a way to provide "unlimited range" for electric vehicles on long highway journeys. Each battery-toting trailer, which can be swapped out at a network of relay stations, can more their electric vehicle to around 240 miles a pop. And the company's satellite navigation system helps manage the buggy fleet. Customers are billed based on energy used per month.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      I can't believe people keep falling for this faulty idea. You can already rent something better than a battery trailer or a Gen-set trailer. It's called a gas powered car. See Budget, Avis, Hertz etc... They have complete nation continent wide networks, and you don't have to deal with the PITA of parking with a trailer.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Battery trailer or Gen-set trailer is an idea. A range extending trailer is smaller and less complex then a hole car, therefore its easier to take care of, so the cost to rent should be a fraction of a whole rental car. It would be more convenient to get a trailer because you dont have to move your personal items to the rental car. Parking a trailer is not that hard, we are not in Europe. Its trailer backing that's tough. I use to trailer motorcycles all the time.
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      • 8 Months Ago
      I can't believe this is award winning. There is no network of trailer swapping stations and there won't be. A better idea is a trailer with a petrol/diesel generator that you can rent for long trips. It keeps your existing batteries charged, uses the existing infrastructure, and doesn't need to be swapped out at nonexistent swapping stations. An even better idea is simply putting in quick charging stations everywhere, which is already happening.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Now THIS is a battery swapping scheme I can get behind. Rent one for a long trip, swap along the way as necessary. Hopefully, it has storage space too, since that would be handy for long trips.
      • 8 Months Ago
      So, what's with the big spoiler?
      • 8 Months Ago
      The range extending trailer was also done by other companies like AC Propulsion. I do like this idea because it takes the complexity and ownership of a ICE range extender ( could be fuel cell or some other alternative) out of the car. EV owners could go by a gas station or a car rental place and rent the trailer for out of town trips or if they have used up there battery.
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