the Hiriko will apparently come to life in Berlin first, but other cities are planned. An electric micocar designed for moving around in a city and being very space efficient. It is the old MIT city car idea...
oh yeah - the folding is for parking
|TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OF THE HIRIKO|
|Dimensions||2.63 m (length) x 1.75 m (width) x 1.54 m (height) (fully extended)
2 m (length) x 1.75 m (width) x 2 m (height) (folded)
|Power||15 Kw nominal/20 hp|
|Acceleration||0 to 70 km/hour in 8 seconds|
|Steering||synchronized 4-wheel steering via a haptic steering wheel|
|Charging time||from 20 percent to 100 percent: fast – 20 minutes; slow – 6 hours|
|Weight||400 kg without batteries|
|Slope capability||up to 20 percent|
|Storage capacity||300 liters|
|ICT||Integrated sound system, i-phone interface
Presumably this goes into cities that are reasonably traffic calmed with low speed limits. 30 to 35 kph is emerging as a maximum speed limit in many European cities. That would make handling safety much easier.