Au­to­mo­tive origami

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Half car, half bat­tery-pow­ered toy, the Hiriko Fold is a tiny elec­tric ve­hi­cle that might end up a com­mon sight around our cities in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture.

The Hiriko Fold is a fully elec­tric ve­hi­cle which is able to fold it­self into a more com­pact shape in or­der to squeeze into the tight­est of park­ing spa­ces.

Con­cept has been turned into re­al­ity, with the first pro­to­type hav­ing been built and plans un­der­way for it to be on the mar­ket at around $20,000 as early as next year. The Fold will purr along for 120 kilo­me­tres on a full charge, and is just 2.5 me­tres long when un­folded, but push a but­ton and it halves in length, al­low­ing three cars to fit into a stan­dard space. Check out the video of this car at el­e­ment­magazine.co.nz

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