Introducing the Hiriko Fold, a fully electric vehicle which is able to collapse into a more compact shape when parking. Currently a working concept model the Fold recently was test driven around the streets of Vitoria-Gasteiz, in the Basque region of Spain. The idea was to build a vehicle designed with both urban and environmental concerns in mind, and thus is completely powered by electricity, able to provide 120 kilometers of driving on a full charge.
Although the car is only 2.5 meters long when unfolded, the front chassis is capable of being tilted upwards, allowing three of the cars to fit into a standard parking space. The two-seater vehicle has one large door at the front to save yet more space. Each wheel can be controlled independently of the others, allowing for sharper turning and easier parallel parking into tight spaces. The following video shows the Hiriko Fold in action:
Personally it reminds me of a council street cleaner and i think the Twizy wins on design appeal but there are some ideas not to totally dismiss:
- Enclosed cockpit
- Neat drivers wheel/control pad
- Independent steering ideal for town parking
Its expected to be released in Europe in 2013 approx EUR 12,500
What do you think? am i right on the street cleaner look?!?!