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    News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    Drive along, get out of the car then fold it and park it using smartphone controls.
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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    OK this is cool, shame it looks butt ugly.
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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    The back folds up, engulfing the front, why not just remove the back and put the wheels where it folds?

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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    surely it can't manoeurvre when folded up? So that means it needs space to park before folding. Unless you nose in at the roadside i suppose. Looks v gimmicky, plus i'm sure the trolley wheels will catch on every speed bump.

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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    Quote Originally Posted by imshimaru View Post
    surely it can't manoeurvre when folded up? So that means it needs space to park before folding. Unless you nose in at the roadside i suppose. Looks v gimmicky, plus i'm sure the trolley wheels will catch on every speed bump.
    Eh unless I'm seeing things the trolley wheels fold up into the chassis in the video?

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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    If it's as light as it looks you can probably push it around like a trolley once it's folded up! In fact, you'd have to be able to move it when folded in case someone parks right under your rear wheels and you can't unfold where you're parked!

    And yeah, the trolley wheels fold back into the chassis so no more likely to catch than any other part of the undercarriage.

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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    Not sure how well those trolly wheels would work on a "normal" (i.e. bumpy) road surface.

    Can't imagine many people being happy to wait for a car to fold up and be maneuvered into a parking space in London. Also doubt the councils would offer any kind of parking discount for a car if it was taking up less space.

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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    Neat - and a nice anti-theft device to cover the windows with car chassis (they did leave an opening at the top sadly).

    Problem is, the car is probably so light you can pick it up entirely to steal it.

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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    As an electric vehicle it would not get a congestion charge fee, nor car tax. One of these in a parking bay stops a full car parking in that bay, so it should attract the full fee. It's unlikely we'll see "half-bays" anytime soon just for these vehicles.

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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    Great until someone parks right behind you & you can't unfold the car back !

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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    Quote Originally Posted by Flash477 View Post
    Can't imagine many people being happy to wait for a car to fold up and be maneuvered into a parking space in London. Also doubt the councils would offer any kind of parking discount for a car if it was taking up less space.
    Very confident that councils wouldn't offer any discount for parking in a full sized bay. On the other hand if this takes off then I'd assume that councils would generate bays for these things - and those could perhaps have reduced parking charges.
    Answer to the problem of waiting for it to park is (a) how is that different to a normal car; (b) people in London should learn to chill a bit (like the rest of us do ); (c) combine this with one of those auto-park systems.
    Quote Originally Posted by sykobee View Post
    As an electric vehicle it would not get a congestion charge fee, nor car tax. One of these in a parking bay stops a full car parking in that bay, so it should attract the full fee. It's unlikely we'll see "half-bays" anytime soon just for these vehicles.
    Don't agree, after all if the councils (and railways) can put out dedicated bays for electric cars then they is surely just a continuation. Heck, don't know about London, but I've seen special "motorcycle only" bays in car parks in York, Edinburgh and Newcastle. So if these cars take off (and I would have thought a deal with the councils themselves would be a good idea) then it stands to reason that the special bays should follow.

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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    I'd happily drive one of them. It's not got the greatest looks, but it terms of what it does, that's all I'd need really.

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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    Quote Originally Posted by Andi-C View Post
    Great until someone parks right behind you & you can't unfold the car back !
    absolutely thought the same thing!

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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    Video doesn't show that after folding the car you can use your smartphone to manoeuvre it into a parking spot
    That is cool, that would be awesome to have on any car!

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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    Quote Originally Posted by GingerNinja View Post
    OK this is cool, shame it looks butt ugly.
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    Re: News - The Armadillo-T electric car folds itself up to park in small spaces

    Quote Originally Posted by Rebo00 View Post
    The back folds up, engulfing the front, why not just remove the back and put the wheels where it folds?
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