25 Jan '12, 1pm

Hiriko folding electric car headed for production

I just wrote this for the autoblog post, I'll put it here for those interested. I worked on the CityCar while I was at MIT, I wondered what had happened to it. Very excited to see that it's still rolling along. The article doesn't do much for the explanation, but this vehicle is designed for urban use only, at speeds that aren't going to exceed 35 MPH. This low speed obviously lends itself to crash protection, electric range, etc. I don't know if all the same features are being carried over for full-size production, but previously the vehicle had 4 in-wheel drive and steering motors, which open each wheel up to 120 degrees of rotation. The car can translate sideways into parking spots, perform zero-radius turns, things like that. With no driveline the chassis can be essentially a 4-bar mechanism and fold when parking. The vehicle was also designed with a ride-sharing/renta...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2012/01/25/hiriko-folding-elect...

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