Marc Carter

MIT's Folding Hiriko City Car Set to Hit the Market Next Year for $16,000

by , 08/09/12

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As our city centers become more and more populated, new transportation ideas are being developed to keep the population moving. The Hiriko Fold city car is an ultra-compact car that can fold upright to fit into tight parking situations – and it’s set to hit the market next year in cities around the world! Created by DENOKINN and MIT’s Changing Places group, the high-tech vehicle is expected to cost $16,000, gets 75 miles between charges, and features spinning wheels that allow it to move sideways, making parallel parking a snap.

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At just five feet long, the Hiriko Fold is smaller than the Smart Fortwo and is capable of folding to fit into tight parking situations. The electric city car has room for two passengers (who enter the car from the front) and it’s capable of driving up to 75 miles between charges. One cool feature relates to the Hiriko Fold’s wheels, which have a zero-turn radius that enables the vehicle to spin completely in place on its axis. This also gives the small car the ability to move sideways, which aides in parallel parking.

Earlier this year the Hiriko project released the first initial sketches of its electric city car, but at the end of June, the Fold was brought to the center of Vitoria-Gasteiz, in the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca square. Twenty vehicles have already been produced in the model’s initial trial production run. Some of those initial models have now been sent to potential buyers in Europe for testing. The group says that the city car has already passed all crash safety tests. Eventually, three versions of the city car will be produced – the Fold; the Alai, a convertible; and the Laga, a small truck.

The Hiriko Fold is expected to go on sale in 2013 with a price tag around $16,000. The group expects to sell the small car in cities like Barcelona, Berlin and San Francisco.

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Via New York Times

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  1. EkoEkoEko April 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    macrumpton … The performance of this car and it´s advantages on space, comfort, manageability and artificial intelligence are much better than any other cheap vehicle that you mention, and obviously the high quality it´s more expensive than low quality, we all know that. This is a \”public taxi\” which you take it, use it, and leave it… and you perfectly know the difference between booking a Mercedes Benz or booking an old Opel Corsa. You are saying me that Mercedes Benz it´s worthless taxi car because it costs double than an Opel Corsa… this argument of you \”cheap car it´s enough for this job\”, tell that to chinese, I prefer to pay a litle more to have much more comfort and high performance… than to pay a cheap uneasy and low performance taxi to drive in the city… you may prefer a bicycle to move in the city, could be enough adequate for you, and you´re lucky because it´s so cheap and green…

  2. macrumpton August 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    For a vehicle that is just for going around a city it looks massive and it costs more than a highway capable car. Electric velomobiles that weigh less than 150 lbs and cost 1/3 as much are already available, and would be more than adequate for this use.

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