A group of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST
) has been working on a foldable, compact electric vehicle that can be utilized either as a personal car or part of the public transit system to connect major transportation routes within a city since 2011. After years of work, his research team introduced a prototype micro electric car called "Armadillo-T," with a design that is based on the armadillol.
In its unfolded form, the 450-kg (992-lb) vehicle measures 2.8 meters (110 inches) long. However, by tucking in the rear section of its body (sort of rolling itself up, like an armadillo) it reduces that length to 1.65 meters (65 inches). This would let three of the cars fit within one standard Korean 5-meter (16.4-foot) parking spot. The user can then us a smartphone app to turn the electric vehicle 360 degrees to get it in really tight spots!
When it comes to performance, the 4-wheel drive Armadillo-T sports a 13.6-kWh battery pack in the nose of the car and can hit a top speed of 60 km/h (37 mph) with a range of 100 km (62 miles) on one 10-minute fast charge. There’s no word at this point on pricing or if there are plans to commercialize the somewhat odd little car. Who knows, maybe the Armadillo-T will become the next Ford Model-T!