Spanish firm Hiriko has brought their concept a little closer to reality with a prototype electric two-seater that actually folds to allow it to park in a very limited space.
Many a parking-challenged city dweller has dreamed of George Jetson’s famous car, which folded up into a suitcase on command. Spanish firm Hiriko has brought that concept a little closer to reality with a prototype electric two-seater that actually folds to allow it to park in a very limited space. Hiriko unveiled its first EV last week at the European Commission’s headquarters in Brussels.
Hiriko’s brilliant invention (or silly gimmick) has a single access door at the front, and is designed to fold up into a space equivalent to about two-thirds the length of a Smart ForTwo. It features four wheel-mounted electric motors, has a range of about 60 miles, and is projected to sell for around $16,000.
UK-based Axeon, Europe’s largest independent supplier of lithium-ion battery systems, announced Wednesday that it will be providing the batteries.
Axeon CEO Lawrence Berns said, “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting and pioneering project with Hiriko. Their selection of Axeon as battery supplier underlines our ability to provide solutions for different vehicle types and adapt our technology to suit a wide range of applications – from traditional vehicles to more challenging designs and concepts.”