25 Jan '12, 5am

Tiny electric car named the Hiriko folds up to allow for easy parking

Tiny electric car named the Hiriko folds up to allow for easy parking

European Commission Chairman Jose Manuel Barroso (right) and the Spanish chairman of a consortium of seven small Basque firms under the name Hiriko Driving Mobility, Jesus Echave (left), unveil on January 24, 2012 at EU headquarters in Brussels the first prototype of a tiny revolutionary electric fold-up car designed in Spain's Basque country, The 'Hiriko', the Basque word for 'urban'. -- PHOTO: AFP BRUSSELS (AFP) - A tiny revolutionary fold-up car designed in Spain's Basque country as the answer to urban stress and pollution was unveiled on Tuesday before hitting European cities in 2013. The 'Hiriko', the Basque word for 'urban', is an electric two-seater with no doors whose motor is located in the wheels and which folds up like a child's collapsible buggy, or stroller, for easy parking. Dreamt up by Boston's MIT-Media lab, the concept was developed by a consortium of sev...

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