Korean electric car folds in half when parked
Four-wheel Armadillo-T EV designed to maximize parking, transport in dense urban centers.Comments Off on Korean electric car folds in half when parked
Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a foldable, compact electric vehicle Armadillo-T intended to be used as either as a personal car or part of the public transit system. Just like its South American namesake, the Armadillo-T can curl inward, shrinking its original size of 2.8 meters down to almost half (1.65 meters).
Once folded, the four-wheel-drive, all-electric car takes up only one-third of a standard Korean 5-meter parking space. In addition, the EV can be controlled from a smart phone for remote folding and navigating into odd spaces in a parking lot. The two-seater has a maximum speed of 60 km/h and can run up to 100 km on a ten-minute fast charge.
“I expect that people living in cities will eventually shift their preferences from bulky, petro-engine cars to smaller and lighter electric cars,” said Professor In-Soo Suh, Associate Professor of Graduate School for Green Transportation at the KAIST e-Mobility Laboratory. “Armadillo-T can be one of the alternatives city drivers can opt for. Particularly, this car is ideal for urban travels, including car-sharing and transit transfer, to offer major transportation links in a city. In addition to the urban application, local near-distance travels such as tourist zones or large buildings can be another example of application.”