Hiriko – A Compact Electric Car that Folds Itself!

Hiriko - the electric car that is set to rock

The horizon of the automobile industry has expanded now with the arrival of a new electric car, called the Hiriko. Hiriko is a futuristic car, which may be a boon to the people living in urban areas. The reason is that, urban cities in all parts of the world face a common problem of parking congestion in public places. Hiriko car has come up as a solution for the parking limitations that the big car owners face. Hiriko can fold itself literally and can help a lot in parking, even in a congested place without any problems.

Development

The designers of Hiriko are the researchers from the MIT Media Lab located in Spain. The designers say that they have designed and developed this compact electric car in order to overcome the problem that the urban people currently face in parking their vehicles. The designers have even named the car with an apt word ‘Hiriko’, which means ‘Urban Car’ in the language of Basque. Seven other automobile technology firms have also joined hands with MIT Medias labs to develop this foldable electric car. A team of designers and engineers from these firms has worked together on the design and prototype and has converted the idea into physical means. After the completion of development, Hiriko has now attained its shape and form with one hundred inch length. The electric car, currently, has the seating capacity for two members.

Spain designers havecome up with an awesome electric car - Hiriko

Features

There are two outstanding features or characteristics of Hiriko. The first one is its unique nature of folding itself according to the space of parking. The car can fold itself to a maximum extent of 60 inches. The second one is being an electric car. The designers of Hiriko have built this folding car in a unique way, which is feasible commercially. They have integrated the electric motors, brakes and steering functionalities in the wheels. Thus, Hiriko is able to save a good amount of space, and, it is able fold itself without any issues to the component mechanisms. In addition to reducing the parking space, the designers have also succeeded in achieving the digitalization of car’s entire system management. Thus, one can manage the car’s systems digitally with the help of a drive – by – wire system.

The Hiriko electric car can fold itself

Performance

Hiriko cars use lithium ion batteries as a source of electric power. The designers have efficiently placed the batteries in the floor of the vehicle to increase the dynamics and design simplicity. The lithium batteries also help the electric car to achieve a good driving range of 75 miles approximately. The speed of this folding car does have a limitation, however. The car can move only at the average speed preferable in cities. Thus, using Hiriko for long drives in the high – speed roadways may not be possible. However, if compactness and comfortable city usage is one’s wish, then Hiriko can still be the best option.

Hiriko - the electric car has a stunning design

Hiriko on Roads Soon!

The makers of Hiriko are planning for the large-scale production soon. The automobile industry – watchers have received this foldable electric car model well, when the makers unveiled it a couple of weeks ago. Hence, one can expect the electric car – Hiriko flooding the roads of Spain soon next year.

Nissan Leaf – An Electric Car that is set to Rock!

Nissan Leaf is an amazing electric car

Nissan Leaf, an awesome electric automobile, is a great auto product from one of the leading car manufacturers Nissan! It features many advantages and excellent facilities that will drive any auto lover crazy. Many automobile freaks around the world are already going gaga over this stunning electric car.  Leaf is actually a hatchback model with five doors that has a fine look and very good design. In fact, the car is absolutely a zero emission car and it even features no tailpipe! There are many electric automobiles, which are partially electric and partially gas – run. However, Leaf is completely 100% electric!

Specifications

Nissan Leaf runs with the help of an asynchronous electric motor that has a power of 80kW. This motor is highly responsive and increases the efficiency of the car greatly. Leaf also comes with a 24kWh Lithium ion battery that promises a very good performance. You can charge the car with the help of an onboard charger. The power of the charger is 3.3 kW, which is also another good thing in Leaf. The higher versions of Leaf also have a quick charge port to help the users charge the car as quickly as they need. The makers of this car, Nissan, also boast about the mileage of the car. Leaf gives you a jaw – dropping mileage of 100 miles per single charge. This mileage number is a great advantage for Leaf, as no other electric vehicle provides such a good mileage practically. The speed factor of Leaf is also exciting. This electric car can speed up to 90 miles without any difficulty!

Nissan Leaf is a zero emission car!

Design & Features

Nissan Leaf has all the features that a normal car has. In fact, it exceeds a normal car in having a few very good features. The electric vehicle has a solar panel at the roof that helps in charging the battery. The usage of solar panel is optional, but it may come handy in times of emergency. It also features radio and navigational facilities that tries to make your ride very pleasant. However, the design of Nissan Leaf is one thing that will attract all the eyes! The design of the light is bold and awesome and performs well too. The design makes justice to the hatchback model, providing enough free space for the user. The interior looks great and many components sport a stylish design. The cockpit of this electric car also features many environmental controls that help you to drive without consuming too much energy!

Nissan Leaf has stunning interior

Performance

You can clearly know about the great performance of Nissan Leaf, if you give it a ride! The electric car speeds up on the road in a very smooth way. If you are travelling near any woods and if the road is silent enough, you can clearly hear even the chirping of birds. Leaf runs that silent! However, if the speed reaches below the 30 miles mark, the car generates some noise. Except this, Nissan Leaf almost matches the performance of a real car. This is the fact why it holds the coveted Car of the Year award for the year 2011!

Nissan Leaf is the best car of 2011