Shalom Life | April 25, 2014

Israel's Folding Car of the Future

The two-seat City Transformer will solve several urban problems, running on a rechargeable battery and taking up no more parking space than a motorcycle

By: Abigail Klein Leichman

Published: December 16th, 2013 in Business » Israel

If you’re looking for the future of urban transportation, take a peek inside a workshop near Rosh HaAyin, where a trio of engineers is readying Israel’s entry into the folding-car arena.

The City Transformer quadricycle is designed as an electric two-seater that folds down with the press of a button from 1.6 meters to just one meter (3.2 feet) in width. Its 2.2-meter (7.2 feet) length matches the size of a motorcycle parking spot.

The entire vehicle will weigh about 400 kilograms (880 pounds), quite a difference from the 1,543-kilo Renault Fluence electric sedan that was sold in Israel through the now-defunct Better Place recharging network.

For now, the City Transformer exists only in virtual space and a wooden model, but the trio is optimistic about securing the $1 million investment needed to construct a prototype in collaboration with industrial design company Yama Design, Research & Development in Netanya.

CEO Asaf Formoza, who recently earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Ben-Gurion University with a focus on robotics and mechatronics, says he and his partners are hardly the first inventors to design a foldable vehicle. Sketches were floated as long ago as the 1940s, but only today are the right materials and manufacturing capabilities available.

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