Video: See South Korea’s Foldable, Armadillo-Like Electric Vehicle in Action

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 2

Tight parking spaces are seemingly everywhere these days and while vehicles like the Smart Fortwo can slot in where most can’t, the micro electric Armadillo-T takes the Fortwo to town when it comes to fitting in the tightest of spots.

Fully Folded

Fully Folded

A group of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a foldable electric vehicle that can almost be parked anywhere.  The design of Armadillo-T is, as expected, based off the mammal it borrows its name from.

Armadillo-T basically rolls up into a ball to park, which cuts it size down from 110 inches to a mere 65 inches when fully folded.

While the foldable aspect may be a novelty, the Armadillo-T’s electric powertrain is not.  It’s a four-wheel-drive electric with 4 in-wheel motors and a 13.6-kwh lithium-ion battery pack.

The 992-pound Armadillo-T can turn on a dime and three can be parked in a standard spot.

KAIST professor, In-Soo Suh, stated:

“I expect that people living in cities will eventually shift their preferences from bulky, petro-engine cars to smaller and lighter electric cars. 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.”

Source: Phys Org

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2 responses to "Video: See South Korea’s Foldable, Armadillo-Like Electric Vehicle in Action"

  1. kdawg says:

    I bet this thing handles great in the snow.. LOL.
    So how is this better than a Twizzy?

  2. Sevie says:

    Congrats, the car folds up smaller when parked. But you have to be out of it before it folds…where is the space savings? You push it by hand further into a parking space after you got out and folded it?