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