Foldable electric car – that’s the future




Armadillo-T folding

Engineers Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have created a compact electric car that folds in half. I must say that they did a very convenient solution to the problem of parking. Foldable electric car can be used as a personal vehicle or serve as part of the public transport system connecting the major routes in the city.

The prototype electric car is called the Armadillo-T . The design of the vehicle is borrowed from one of the representatives of mammals – the battleship. The researchers simulated the animal’s ability to curl into a ball, it makes a hedgehog to protect themselves from the threat posed by a predator. Like its lively original Armadillo-T raises the rear of the body to reduce the length from 2.8 to 1.65 meters.


4-wheel-Armadillo-T is equipped with two seats, four electric motors on each wheel and on the lithium-ion battery capacity of 13.6 kW. Unchanging positions of aggregates not only optimizes energy efficiency, but also provides stability and ample space for the driver and passenger.

When folded, the compact and lightweight (450 kg) electric car is just a third parking 5 meters (South Korean standard). Thus, a single parking spaces can accommodate three Armadillo-T. Operate an electric vehicle can be remotely via smartphone. User can turn the car 360 degrees, making it easier parking in tight spaces.

The authors hope that sooner or later the inhabitants of megacities will replace their bulky gasoline cars to more compact and light electric vehicles.

The concept car is equipped with on-board cameras that eliminate the need for the side mirrors, thus reducing the number of dead zones. The maximum speed can achieve this kid is 60 km / h Just ten minutes of charging gives fast cruising range of 100 km.

Armadillo-T interior

In KAIST point out that the concept of Armadillo-T was developed in 2011. The engineers were tasked to develop a personal vehicle that is smaller and lighter than the current compact cars.

In the coming years there will be a growth of mega-cities, and worsening environmental problems. The population of the planet will grow. To cope with the lack of resources will only help us change thinking. Armadillo-T represents the future of the transport system.

A new system of passenger suggested billionaire Elon Musk , the owner of carmaker Tesla Motors.
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