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Foldable Electric Cars Will Begin Use In German Carsharing Network This Year

Hiriko’s “folding” electric vehicle has been in the works for about two years but the momentum is picking up. The company has reached an agreement with the operator of the German railway network to start testing the vehicles within a car-sharing network in Berlin starting early next year.

Railway operator Deutche Bahn and Hiriko will start a pilot project in 2013, with plans for a broader rollout of the vehicle the following year. Deutche Bahn called Hiriko an “ideal partner to complement its extensive railway network.”

Hiroko consists of a Basque consortium of auto suppliers and engineers from MIT. The company, whose name loosely means “from the city” in Basque, has about an $87 million budget and has built about 20 vehicles for testing purposes, the New York Times reported in August. The Fold is the first of three versions that will be put out by Hiriko. There are also plans for the Alai (convertible) and Laga (truck).
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