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