Future of Technology – Foldable electric car debuts in Europe

February 7, 2012

Source:  Future of Technology – Foldable electric car debuts in Europe.

The concept is based on the electric CityCar created by researchers at the MIT Media Lab, and commercialized by a consortium of automotive companies in the Basque region of Spain….

The MIT Media Lab envisions the cars finding a home in car-share programs where members drive any available ride around the city and parking at widely distributed charging stations.  

The cars have a reported range of 100 km (62 miles) per charge, making them well suited for in-city driving in compact European cities already accustomed to small, fuel-efficient vehicles.

Now here is an idea whose time has come. One of the most unique things about this car is that it doesn’t have a traditional motor as cars today have. Instead it has a small motor on each wheel. From an engineering standpoint putting the motors directly on the wheels eliminates all the power lost in going through transmissions and such.

One of the big issues I have with this new car is that it was invented at MIT in Boston but made in Spain? It is a shame that entrepreneurs in the U.S. aren’t building this car? It seems like a natural for any large city including NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago and even Boston where it was invented.  I hope that we aren’t losing our edge when it comes to creating new technologies.  That seems to be our strong point up until recent years. But, I think it probably has something to do with our continued love of the big high-powered gasoline hogs so many of us still drive around.  It would be a shame to let our foreign competitors get the first foothold in this area from a U.S. invention. But it wouldn’t be the first time that happened.

If I didn’t live in a rural area where most of the services, which includes many doctors appointments :) , are twenty-five or more miles away I would love to get one of these little guys.

One response to Future of Technology – Foldable electric car debuts in Europe

  1. 

    This looks like a great solution for urban dwellers; most don’t need a car every single day plus the compact size of these cars would take up less parking spaces as well.