Armadillo-T: a car that folds in half

Koreans know better than anyone about the problem of traffic in city centers. This is probably what motivated a team from the Institute of Science and Technology of Korea to develop the Armadillo-T, an electric car that can fold in half in order to fit into a tight parking space.

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Published on 2013/08/25

Named after the famous Texan mammal, the Armadillo-T is able to fold its rear over its front to shorten the overall length of the vehicle. Measuring 2.8 meters in length when in driving mode, the Armadillo-T is only 1.3 meters in length once folded back on itself. To make the car even more compact, cameras replace the side and rear view mirrors.

The Armadillo-T is powered by four electric motors located in each wheel. It is therefore an AWD vehicle with a range of about 100 km and top speed of 65 km/h. The batteries of the Armadillo-T can be recharged in less than 10 minutes.

There are two problems, however, that may hinder the development of the Armadillo-T. First, it is a two-seater. So it does not necessarily need the space at the back which ultimately ends up folded over the front. Second, the car cannot roll when folded, which means the owner must still find a parking spot that can accommodate the Armadillo-T’s full length.

Nevertheless, the idea of a folding car is interesting and worth exploring further. In the meantime, no launch date has been set for the Armadillo-T.

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