City Transformer: Is This The Future Of City Cars?
Our cities are getting more and more crowded, and space is not abundant these times. Not only construction has been growing in most of them, but also the amount of vehicles traveling in them, which also causes for a shortage of parking spaces.
Car development has, in recent years, been focused on finding energetic alternatives for the fossil fuels, and electric cars have undoubtedly been under the spotlight regarding this subject. Nonetheless, it is also important to improve their spatial efficiency, something that has been done over the years but not in the most effective way, even though there are some notable examples like the Smart model:
Some companies, however, are trying to work on both features. City Transformer is an Israeli enterprise with plans to develop a car with the same name - not only is this car electric, but it also folds to the size of a motorcycle in order to save parking space. It may not seem like much, but the width varies, from the normal to the folded state, in about 60 cm (23.6 inches). In the normal state the width is about 160 cm (63 inches), falling to only 100 cm (40 inches) in the folded state.
In the animated image below you can see the impact of the folding, compared to City Transformer's normal state and to a regular car:
As I said before, this vehicle is set to electric and obviously small, making it environmental-friendly and space efficient, the two goals had in mind by the developers. The general idea behind City Transformer is to merge the safety of a car with the portability of a motorcycle.
While the vehicle is still in the prototype phase, it is set to hit the market within three years from now, with the much appealing expected price tag of $8,000 - way below the regular electrical cars available right now.
What do you think about City Transformer? Can it be a solution to our crowded cities? Let us know in the comments.
Diogo Costa • International Innovations