POPULAR TODAY TECHNOLOGY

world's first folding electric car by hiriko motors
original content
aug 22, 2012
world's first folding electric car by hiriko motors



world’s first folding electric car by hiriko motors

developed as an innovative solution for means of alternative transportation, the hiriko folding electric vehicle provides new
meaning to urban mobility. the concept automoblile bridges the relationship between the city and its inhabitants by accommodating
easy and accessible driving solutions within a busy metropolitan area.

in a collaboration between MIT‘s changing places, denokinn
basque center for innovation and afypaida, the design caters to an
environment that promotes more social, sustainable and smarter cities. the small commuter car integrates a 20 horsepower electric motor,
controlled by a drive-by-wire system, where it achieves a range of 120 km (75 miles) with a top speed of 50 km/h (31 mph).
each wheel contains a separate drive motor, steering, braking, and suspension system, allowing its body to
collapse into two separate units for tight parking spaces.

see designboom’s original coverage during the prototyping stages of the model here.


front view of the hiriko folding electric car


rear view of the hiriko folding electric car


the hiriko electric car collapsing


3/4 rear view of the hiriko folding electric car before collapsing


scale and proporting



video via

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library