Researchers from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of science and technology) have devised an electric car that folds up like an armadillo, under the project lead of associate professor Soo Suh in the institute. The amazing car, folds itself to reduce its size by half using the battery power. The technology used in the folding process in Armadillo T prototype is revolutionary.
Armadillo T with a seating capacity of 2 uses a 13.6 kWh lithium ion battery which is fitted into the front end of the car and uses a four wheel electric motors. The casters of the car descend from the center portion of the car which aids with the folding motion. The car can squeeze its size from 110 inches down to 65 inches. Once the car is folded it can be moved to the desired location in the parking lot. The car consumes very less of parking space.
The weight of the car is about 990 pounds which makes it a lightweight car. But the car has some sophisticated features like turning on the folding function from Smartphone, move and rotate of car in the parking lot. The battery used is powerful as it can travel 62 miles with a ten minute charge with a top speed of 37 miles per hour. The speed offered by the car is not sufficient for freeway driving but is adequate for city driving. The car doesn’t have mirrors for rear vision instead has side view cameras that helps reduces the possibility of blind spots.
The car can be a perfect one for urban travelling and to the nearby locations. As the car uses electrical power it is environment friendly. The charging time of the car is very less which makes it quite promising for the future.