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Hiriko | Folding Electric Car

By Jason Bacchetta on January 27, 2012

So we’ve seen folding shovels, picnic tables, hammocks, and even shoes… but who would have thought we’d ever see an electric folding car?

The Hiriko uses hub-mounted electric motors at each wheel and has a rear suspension design that allows the vehicle to fold up, rotating the cabin vertically. The benefit of course is that the Hiriko takes up less space while parking… approximately one third the parking space of a SmartForTwo, making it a perfect city car.

But while hub-mounted motors and a folding suspension are completely unheard of, what really seems strange to us is the fact that the Hiriko doesn’t have a steering wheel. Nope, you’ll be driving around using a joystick!

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