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

SEP 18 2013 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 Comments on "Video: See South Korea’s Foldable, Armadillo-Like Electric Vehicle in Action"

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

Sevie

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?