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

Posted By Marc Carter On August 9, 2012 @ 8:30 am In automotive,Electric Cars,Green Transportation,News | 2 Comments

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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 [1] 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 [2] and MIT’s Changing Places group [3], 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 [4] is smaller than the Smart Fortwo [5] and is capable of folding to fit into tight parking situations. The electric city car [6] 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 [4] 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 [4] 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 [7].

+ Hiriko [8]

Via New York Times [9]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Hiriko Fold city car: http://inhabitat.com/the-hiriko-citycar-the-ev-that-can-be-folded-up-for-easy-parking/

[2] DENOKINN: http://www.denokinn.eu/

[3] MIT’s Changing Places group: http://www.media.mit.edu/research/groups/changing-places

[4] Hiriko Fold: http://www.hiriko.com

[5] Smart Fortwo: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=smart+fortwo

[6] electric city car: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=electric+city+car

[7] San Francisco: http://inhabitat.com/sanfrancisco/

[8] + Hiriko: http://hiriko.com/

[9] New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/automobiles/shrink-to-fit-car-for-city-parking.html?_r=1

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