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Tiny Electric Car Folds In Half to Park

Tiny Electric Car Folds In Half to Park

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What’s better than an electric car for city driving? An electric car that can fold itself in half and park just about anywhere.

Inspired by the design of the armadillo, which can roll itself up into a ball when threatened, a team of researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a small foldable electric car for urban transportation.

The Armadillo-T can shrink from its original length of 2.8 meters to just 1.65 meters when it’s folded up, allowing it to fit into just one-third of a normal parking spot. The two-seater vehicle is powered by a 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that feeds four in-wheel electric motors, and once folded, an app on the driver’s smartphone allows it to be parked via remote control to fit into a tight spot. The car weighs just 450 kg and can turn a full 360 degrees when folded.

The vehicle has a top speed of about 60 km/h, is said to be able to charge in just 10 minutes, and offers a range of about 60 miles on a full charge.

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