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Introducing: The first ‘foldable’ car

On the heels of demand for more efficient, more compact, motor vehicles, researchers have created the first ‘foldable’ car. Of course, this isn’t a vehicle that can be stashed in a backpack or toted off by hand, but a car that folds inward, saving space in already cramped areas.

This is achieved by placing all-electric engines within the wheels themselves, eliminating the need to have an engine fixed to the chassis. Coupled with a front opening hatch as a door, the car folds up and sits neatly with three cars in a standard parking space.

The ‘Hiriko’ is expected to being production next year in the Basque region of Spain – aiming for a widespread launch all over Europe shortly thereafter. Those hoping for a cheap mode of transportation might be disappointed. The retail price is an estimated 12,500 euros – roughly $16,500 dollars – which lends to the idea that this vehicle might be better used in a city-sponsored car sharing program.


About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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