Armadillo-T compact, foldable electric car can solve parking woes
When it comes to parking in congested areas even the best of cars fail to make it a good experience for drivers. However, the Armadillo-T – a new foldable micro electric car could be a possible solution for all parking problems. Developed by a group of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the compact electric car imitates the distinct characteristic of a South American animal named armadillo, which rolls up into a ball inside its shell on recognizing a threat from predators. The Armadillo-T similarly folds up to 1.65 meters (65 inches) from 2.8 meters (110 inches) to be parked in the smallest of spaces.
The Armadillo-T prototype is designed as a four wheel drive with a seating capacity for two. The all-electric car has motors installed on all four wheels with a 13.6 kWh capacity lithium-ion battery located in the front – the position of the battery and motors is such that they don’t need to change locations when the car is folded. On press of a button the rear half of the car folds to fit in one-third of the space that our vehicles take up today.
In addition to the folding, the Armadillo-T is stuffed in with a lot of other features. The car has cameras substituting the rear view mirrors, and smartphone control to fold and turn 360 degrees for better parking ability. The car run at speeds of 60 kmh, and courtesy a ten-minute fast charge, the Armadillo-T can run up to 100 km. The Armadillo-T is still in prototype stage and will take a while before it can reach production, but when it does, it will be a great respite.