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Have You Met Hiriko?

Posted: February 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Concept Car, Eco Driver | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Have You Met Hiriko?

Have You Met Hiriko CityCarThose crazy Europeans love green! seriously, they’re into it . . . while the rest of the galaxy ponders the thought of green, the Europeans are splashing out. The European Commission’s President, José Manuel Durao Barroso, unvieled the ubercool electric vehicle – HIRIKO – in late January. The superneat four-wheel traction and direction, haptic steering wheel and folds up when parking, electric micro-car is according to President José Barroso “… an answer to the crisis”.

Unlike their North American counterparts, European auto-makers have long been associated with smart, small, simple runabouts. In urban centers with narrow winding lanes, small has always made perfect sense. Most Europeans rarely drive the vast distances where a car the size of Texas comes into it’s own.

A consortium of seven companies from Spain’s Basque country have teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT – Media Lab, and have taken small, smart and  simple to extremes.

The prototype of this electric wiz was unveiled on January 24th by José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commssion, who climbed into the car, gave a thumbs-up, and called it a “systematic solution to major societal challenges”. The two-door Hiriko, whose name derives from the Basque word for “city” or “urban”, was designed by MIT engineers, but built by Basques. Starting next year, a trial manufacturing run is set to begin at Vitoria Gasteiz, outside Bilbao. Read the full article »»»»