At the same time, the vehicle would assuage the owner's conscience by only pulling power from green sources. "An electric vehicle is only as green as the energy it runs on," said Yan. "China is still 70 percent coal-fired, so you can't really say it's green energy at all. Our technology lets customers access 100 percent sustainable energy at a low cost, by connecting to 100 gigawatts of renewable assets and millions of smart devices."
We've heard of similar ideas from companies like Tesla and, most recently, Renault, with its "smart island" that uses grid tech to let cars share their battery power. However, Envision is already using the tech in China, and said that, unlike companies like Tesla, is agnostic about the type of vehicles, chargers, devices and grids. "It's not about the devices, it's how you connect and synchronize them," Yan said.
The Sibylla is a one-off concept, but it's built on a standard platform and it wouldn't be hard for the right company to turn it into a slightly less exotic production car. "Apart from the sliding canopy, the wheelbase is the same as an existing car from, and the suspension is from a real car. So the question is, who has the money to get this kind of car into production?" asked Giugiaro. "Take a brand like Audi, for example. If they said 'I want to do this type of car,' in two years, you would see it on the road."
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