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City Car: MIT’s folding car concept

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The geeks at MIT hopes to solve the parking problem in congested cities with their City Car concept. The City Car is an emissions-free electric car that is “stackable”, similar to the way grocery and shopping carts stack. While stacked, the cars are automatically recharged. The plan is to deploy a stack of City Cars in city centers to create a network of “urban transportation that takes advantage of existing infrastructure such as subway and bus lines.” The idea is this: once someone gets off the subway or bus, the user simply walks up to a stack of City Cars, scans their credit/debit card, and drives off in a City Car. Upon reaching their destination, the user simply drives up the stack of City Cars and parks. Ideally, the city would be littered with piles of these high-tech cars.

The cars themselves feature fully integrated in-wheel electric motors with a suspension system called, “Wheel Robots.” The Wheel Robots provide 360 degree of movement. When “stacked”, each car shrinks 50% of its full size, taking up only 1/8 the parking space of a conventional vehicle. The cars would be cheap to mass produce and would follow some sort of rental business model.

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Via: MIT and iTWire




2 Comments

  1. PM
    Posted March 13, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Thats really a great concept. Obviously the idea needs some seasoning, but its great that EV technology is coming along so well. There’s even a new Zap that does 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds!

  2. Posted March 13, 2008 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Hi PM,

    Are you talking about this? :

    http://www.zapworld.com/electric-vehicles/electric-cars/zap-x

    If so, that’s pretty insane. 644 horsepower for $60,000? Yes, please!

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