The stackable “city car” close to moving out of the lab?

Posted on March 9, 2009. Filed under: automotive, energy, engineering, innovation |

They’re cute, they’re tiny, and they may be about to move out of the Lab.  MIT is reportedly submitting a proposal to build a network of the cars for a city government in Asia.  If accepted these “small electrical pods on wheels” (as the Boston Globe describes them) could be deployed as a pilot project in five years.

The city cars are tiny electric vehicles that can be picked up and dropped off like rental carts at an airport, or like rented bicycles in Paris and other cities.  They are designed to hook into city-wide networks of chargers, and to rely on computers for navigation.  Benefits could include reduced gridlock in downtown areas, reduced need for parking space, and reduced reliance on, for example, conventional gasoline-powered rental cars. 

MIT suggests they be considered as a ”personal and sustainable mobility system and service. A clean, green machine.”  See my Nov. 22, 2007 post on “stackable cars” for more information, or visit MIT’s Smart Cities website. 

A fascinating concept. –nks

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