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Monday, February 20, 2012

The Next Euro-ECO Friendly City Cars?

Hiriko EV, the next ECO friendly city cars. (Picture from: http://www.treehugger.com/)
In addition to congestion, the problems facing large cities in developed countries is the limited parking spaces. A Denokinn (the Basque Center for Innovation) and a consortium of Spanish business, developed a mini city car that is energy efficient. The word Hiriko itself derives from the Basque words hiri (town or city) and kotxe (car) - so the name is in essence merely an English to Basque translation.

The city car called Hiriko EV has a payload capacity of two passengers. The surplus compared to the city car is a vehicle generally can be folded. The way the cabin facing vertically rotated so that it could fit into a narrow parking space. The entrance is designed only be opened from the front.

To support ease of parking all four of the wheels can be moved as needed. Therefore, the electric power supplied to the four wheels evenly.
MIT’s city car concept has been in the pipeline for a long time, but until now there’s been nothing other than illustrations and half-size models. The real thing is here, and it’s about to go into testing in Europe. (Picture from: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/)
Hiriko EV has been tested at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, last week. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso immediately comment on it as an innovative breakthrough. According to him, Hiriko EV is the answer to the crisis that occurred in the parking lot of urban areas in Europe.
EU Commission chief José Manuel Barroso in the Hiriko. (Picture from: http://www.treehugger.com/)
Hiriko EV is also said to be environmentally friendly cars without the need for fuel oil condition increasingly rare in this world. Therefore suitable as Hiriko EV cars to the world that is experiencing global warming and energy crisis.

This little car was developed with expert mechanics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA. The concept is a mini city car and a suitable energy-efficient to operate in dense urban areas.

Hiriko Ev able to reach a distance of 120 km for a one-time charge. Maximum speed is 90 km to the countryside and in the city is restricted 51 km / h.
Could an electric car scheme be adopted in cities throughout Europe? (Picture from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/)
After its inaugural debut in Brussels Belgium, the plan will be mass produced car by a European consortium called Afypaida. Mass production first performed this year and will be sold in 2013. The car will be priced at Rp. 146 million or about US. $ 15,870 in Europe. *** [OVI | PIKIRAN RAKYAT 17022012] 
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