See The Hiriko Folding Electric Vehicle Strut Its Stuff

Back in January we told you about the Hiriko, a wild electric vehicle project born at MIT that was inching toward development in Europe.

Now there’s footage available of a Hiriko test vehicle in action. Check it out — you can see why we suggested it might be “a cure for bad parkers”!

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The Hirikio was developed on the drawing boards of the Changing Places group at MIT, and the concept has been brought to fruition by a consortium of seven small Basque firms under the name Hiriko Driving Mobility.

The Hiriko—which means “urban” in Basque—is scheduled to go into production with a street date some time near the spring of  2013. The developers have said they would begin trials of the vehicle later this year in cities such as Bilbao, Spain; Malmo, Sweden; and Boston.

The car will run exclusively on electricity. As you can see in the video, the driver and passenger will enter the vehicle via the single, flip-up door in the front of the car that also doubles as the windshield. And it has a front end that folds back and up, reducing the wheel base of the vehicle, allowing it to fit in the tiniest of spaces and practically spin on a dime.

The car is apparently being aimed at the short-term urban rental market, but is expected to sell for around $16,000.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

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