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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5217727/Folding-electric-car-developed-Japan.html
Real-life Transformers: £50,000 folding electric car modelled on
shape-shifting robots is developed in Japan
28 December 2017  Harry Pettit

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A folding electric car modelled after transforming robots has been developed
in Japan. The £52,000 ($70,000) concept vehicle is expected to gain approval
to run on public roads soon, opening the way to public sales

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/12/28/11/479B5B0300000578-5217727-image-a-30_1514461566669.jpg

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Called 'Earth-1', it was inspired by the shape-shifting robots that feature
in the popular Japanese anime series 'Mobile Suit Gundam'

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/12/28/11/479B5ACF00000578-5217727-image-a-40_1514461749205.jpg
The firm said because it could not compete with the automaker on
performance, cost or brand power, its engineers focussed on design

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/12/28/11/479B58EE00000578-5217727-image-a-31_1514461627060.jpg
The car's design was conceived by the cartoon's lead artist, Kunio Okawara,
and developed by Tokyo-based startup firm Four Link Systems

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/12/28/11/479B58DF00000578-5217727-image-a-34_1514461670359.jpg
The vehicle's compact chassis is capable of folding itself up, creating
something akin to one of Mobile Suit Gundam's 'mecha' robot cockpits

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/12/28/11/479B57A400000578-5217727-image-a-33_1514461640014.jpg
While the car is driven via a conventional steering wheel, users transform
the chassis with a joystick

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/12/28/11/479B58EA00000578-5217727-image-a-35_1514461728538.jpg
As there were no existing mechanisms for a folding car chassis, Four Link
developed special motors and other components from scratch

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/12/28/11/479B58EA00000578-5217727-image-a-35_1514461728538.jpg
Four Link first stated its goal of developing an electric car five years
ago, claiming its aim was to 'beat a Toyota'


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 - The vehicle's compact chassis is capable of folding itself up via
joystick control
 - The concept vehicle is expected to gain approval to run on public roads
soon
 - It was designed after robots that feature in a popular Japanese anime
series
 - The car's design was conceived by the cartoon's lead artist, Kunio
Okawara

A folding electric car modelled after transforming robots has been developed
in Japan.

The £52,000 ($70,000) concept vehicle is expected to gain approval to run on
public roads soon, opening the way to public sales

A folding electric car modelled after transforming robots has been developed
in Japan
The concept vehicle has a price of £52,000 ($70,000)
It is expected to gain approval to run on public roads soon, opening the way
to public sales

WHY MAKE THE CAR?

Four Link first stated its goal of developing an electric car five years
ago, claiming its aim was to 'beat a Toyota'.

With the help of 'Gundam' designer Mr Okawara, the team developed a
robotlike vehicle that is road legal despite its strange design.

Orders are already coming in from buyers in Japan and abroad, with one
overseas airport interested in using the vehicle for a ride-sharing service,
Four Link claims.

'We'd worked on control units, design assistance and robots as part of our
business,' Four Link President Hiroomi Kinoshita said, as reported by
Nikkei.

The next step was to pursue 'ultracompact mobility', he said.

While the car is driven via a conventional steering wheel, users transform
the chassis with a joystick (pictured)

Called 'Earth-1', the vehicle was designed after the shape-shifting robots
that feature in the popular Japanese anime series 'Mobile Suit Gundam'

The car's design was conceived by the cartoon's lead artist, Kunio Okawara,
and developed by Tokyo-based startup firm Four Link Systems

The vehicle's compact chassis is capable of folding itself up, creating
something akin to one of Mobile Suit Gundam's 'mecha' robot cockpits

The firm said because it could not compete with the automaker on
performance, cost or brand power, its engineers focussed on design.

With the help of 'Gundam' designer Mr Okawara, the team developed a
robotlike vehicle that is road legal despite its strange design.

'As cars mature, (we're) realising a dream that everyone once dreamed of,'
Mr Kinoshita said, referring to youthful fantasies of futuristic vehicles.

Four Link has priced its electric car at £52,000 ($70,000), close to what
you would pay for one of Toyota's Lexus luxury sedans.

'In terms of scarcity,' Kinoshita said, 'it beats the Lexus.'
As there were no existing mechanisms for a folding car chassis, Four Link
developed special motors and other components from scratch

Four Link first stated its goal of developing an electric car five years
ago, claiming its aim was to 'beat a Toyota'

The firm said because it could not compete with the automaker on
performance, cost or brand power, its engineers focussed on design

With the help of 'Gundam' designer Mr Okawara, the team developed a
robotlike vehicle that is road legal despite its strange design
Pictured is the car after it has transformed

With the help of 'Gundam' designer Mr Okawara, the team developed a
robotlike vehicle that is road legal despite its strange design. Pictured is
the car before (left) and after (right) transforming

Four Link has priced its electric car at £52,000 ($70,000), close to what
you would pay for one of Toyota's Lexus luxury sedans

The transofrming car was inspired by the shape-shifting robots that feature
in the popular Japanese anime series 'Mobile Suit Gundam' (file photo)
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http://www.financialexpress.com/auto/car-news/electric-car-on-honda-brio-platform-in-works-as-honda-cars-plans-big-ev-push-in-india/994143/
Electric car on Honda Brio platform in works as Honda Cars plans big EV push
in India
December 29, 2017  Indian-arm of Japanese car-maker Honda is likely to jump
on to the electric vehicle race in India soon and is its the Honda Brio
platform which is likely to underpin Honda's first electric car in India. A
repompaort on Live Mint states that the company will soon start the
identification of which electric cars the cny wants to make ...
http://images.financialexpress.com/2017/12/Honda-electric-cars-large-620x413.jpg

https://www.teslarati.com/electric-vehicle-adoption-worldwide-infographic/
Here's how electric vehicle adoption has grown worldwide ...
December 29, 2017  ... having to explain what's going on to the less-EV
enlightened ... the mainstream press,  (say) ... “may not catch on,” or ...
concerned about imaginary bugaboos like lithium shortages, exploding
batteries ... a new infographic ... depicts the accelerating rise of
e-mobility ... to educate your EV-clueless ... show them this infographic
...




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