Make room for the remarkable folding car which takes up a quarter of a single parking space
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:24 PM on 16th December 2008
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Forget about the Smart car or the mini, a designer has come up with the perfect solution to inner city transport problems - a car that folds away. When not in use the vehicle, dubbed the 'Scarab Car', folds away so four can fit into a single parking space, normally filled by just one car.
And with an adaptable fuel system, the car can change to fit trends and rules in different countries.
The Scarab Car was designed by 30 year old David Goncalves, who believes inner city tranport isn't cost effective. But he says his bizarre looking motor could be the answer - and could be on the roads in just ten years.
Enlarge The Scarab fold up car
Good things do come in small packages: The fold-up car, known as 'The Scarab', can fold up and allow four cars to fit in one parking space
The Scarab Car has four wheels and a carbon monocoque frame based around that of a bike and can only tranport one person.
The car is a hybrid vehicle, powered both by a battery and an energy module featuring either another battery, biofuel or a fuel cell.
Each wheel is powered an individual electric motor and each tyre is the same width of two bike tyres.
David, from Coventry, West Midlands, said: "I was looking at ways of improving urban mobility, mass transit and public transport.
"The Scarab car can adapt to any fuel system - it has a main, permanent battery but also a second module that can run off another battery, biofuel or fuel cells.
"That means that if a country demands that cars use biofuel for example, the car can be adapted and used there.
"Another advantage is the amount of space it takes up. When not in use, four of them can fit in one parking space. Compared to a motorbike it can protect the rider from weather a lot better without losing the great sense of independence.
"You can also transport luggage inside the car which is very hard to do with a motorbike."
Enlarge The Scarab fold up car
Compact: The single-person car has an adaptable fuel system and could be solving inner city parking problems within ten years
David says the car will also be fitted with GPS technology but could be controlled by a special computer system when travelling on dedicated pathways.
When on the roads the car is controlled by a conventional steering wheel. It weighs about the same as a 500cc motorbike but the top speed has not yet been determined.
That, according to David, will depend on the advances made in the technology involved in electric motors.
But he added: "This could become real in ten years and it could really change the way people travel in cities.
"I don't like the way people travel in cities right now because I don't believe it is cost effective. There is too much unused public transport and too many cars."
David believes Scarab Cars could be rented out in the future to offer people on a tight budget a low cost, convenient method of transport.
The price is yet to be confirmed.
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