The Japanese car company Kowa Tmsuk is exhibiting its ‘Kobot’ concept line of one and two -seater fold-up electric vehicles, at Tokyo Motor show 2011.
The ‘kobot nu’ and ‘kobot beta’ are three-wheeled single-seaters, offering an extremely tight turning radius thanks to their singular free-moving back wheel.
They are designed for high-density urban areas, featuring a target speed of about 19mph (30km/hr).
The ‘nu’ and ‘beta’ models can be further reduced in length when parking thanks to a telescoping
design, activated by smartphone, in which the vehicles’ rear wheel and seat fold up into the front of the car.
the ‘kobots’ are also capable of nesting when folded up, not unlike stored shopping carts.