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Armadillo-T micro electric car folds to fit into compact parking spaces (video)

Zach Honig

The Armadillo-T is pretty petite as it is, but when it comes time to fit into tight parking spaces, the all-electric car can do even better. The four-wheel-drive compact, which integrates a design similar to an armadillo's shell, includes seating for two, a 13.6 kWh battery pack and four in-wheel motors, allowing the rear half of the vehicle to fold upwards at the press of a button. Designed by a group of researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the prototype packs plenty of other high-tech features, too, including cameras that sub in for side-view mirrors, smartphone control and a ten-minute fast charge mode that nets 100 kilometers of range. The transporter is still a long way from reaching a production line, but it could one day serve to help ease congestion in overcrowded cities, letting you park in slots far too small to accommodate four wheels today.

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