MIT’s Changing Places group and Denokinn have created an innovative commuter city car with the Hiriko Fold EV, which, as its name suggests, can fold itself to take up as little space as possible.
How does it work? When stationed, the Hiriko’s front end folds upright, creating a smaller wheelbase so that it can squeeze into the smallest parking spaces. If that didn’t make parallel parking easy enough, the EV can also slide into parking spaces, thanks to zero-turn-radius wheels that allow it to move sideways. Once on the road, the EV’s front end folds back down to the original position, stretching the wheelbase.
Although it looks hardly big enough to carry one passenger, there’s enough room for two people inside. Though we’re not sure how fast this thing can go, MIT says the car is capable of traveling up to 75 miles between charges, which bests the Mitsubishi i-MiEV’s range of 62 miles. Some Hiriko models are already out testing in European cities, and the group mentions San Francisco as a place in which the futuristic pod-like car might receive a positive reception.
The Hiriko will reportedly go on sale in 2013 for around $16,000.
Source: psfk, Hiriko