11 Feb '12, 3pm

The Hiriko Electric Microcar – Why You May Never Have to Parallel Park Again

The Hiriko Electric Microcar – Why You May Never Have to Parallel Park Again

This innovative little microcar is called the Hiriko – it’s small, has no doors, folds-up when not in use and looks like something right out of a science fiction movie. In reality, it’s been in the concept stage as the “CityCar” for nearly a decade. The car, which is the brainchild of the engineers and scientists at MIT-Media Lab , a division of MIT, is now slated to go into production in 2013 in Europe, and sometime later in the United States, by the European technology consortium, Urban . Production of the tiny electric vehicle is anticipated to reach an estimated 9,000 units by 2015. The Hiriko microcar was designed to reduce traffic congestion and space concerns in major metropolitan areas. According to European Commission President José Manuel Durao Barroso “Hiriko is an answer to the crisis,” an urban population crisis that will see more than half the world’s ...

Full article: http://www.alternativeconsumer.com/2012/02/11/the-hiriko-...

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