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Korean Electric Car Does A Neat Trick: Folding On Command

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has been impressing us with the electric vehicle research it has been doing of late, such as the development and trial of technology that allows electric buses to be charged wirelessly via special plates in the ground as they go about on their routes. Now the Institute is turning to the notion of how to get more electric cars into urban areas that are compact via a folding design.

KAIST unveiled this week Armadillo-T, an electric car whose design is based on a native animal of South America, the armadillo, a placental mammal with a leathery armor shell. In exact terms of what this means,

the research team imitated the animal’s distinctive protection characteristic of rolling up into a ball when facing with threat from predators. Just as armadillos hide themselves inside the shell, Armadillo-T tucks its rear body away, shrinking its original size of 2.8 meters (110 inches) down to almost half, 1.65 meters (65 inches), when folding.

Once folded up, KAIST said, the electric vehicle “takes up only one-third of a 5-meter parking space, the standard parking size in Korea, allowing three of its kind to be parked.”
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