The European Commission has unveiled the Hinko, a folding electric car designed for urban areas to reduce traffic, limit greenhouse gases, and make parking easier. To hit the road in 2013, it is expected to be purchased by cities to facilitate car sharing programs like the one Paris introduced in December 2011.  Cities showing a keen interest in this vehicle are Malmo, Berlin, and Barcelona in Europe as well as San Francisco and Hong Kong. Other cities to adopt it potentially include Paris, London, Brussels, Dubai and Boston.

The car will also be available to the public for about 12,500 euros.



It was designed in Spain’s Basque country. Hinko means “urban”.

The electric two-seater has no doors and its motor is located in the wheels. For easy parking it folds up like a child’s collapsible buggy, or stroller. Its four wheels turn at right angles to facilitate sideways parking in tight spaces. Up to three Hirikos can fit in a single parking space.

The Hinko can travel 120 kilometers (75 miles) before recharging and its speed is automatically set to respect city speed limits.

For more photos see The Atlantic MIT’s Folding Electric Car Goes On Sale Next Year



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