In late 2014, Ford filed an application to patent a new type of vehicle. The patent has recently been granted by the U.S. Patent Office. The patent is for a new type of vehicle technology, which has a collapsible frame and can be joined or separated by four members through extensions. Thus, it can provide variable capacity. We can simply call this a foldable car.
The vehicle that Ford patented is for emerging markets. The automobile will have electric motors, which will power the foldable car. Ford's patent specifies that the car will be an ultra-lightweight unit and also a low-cost product. The foldable vehicle can be used in big cities because it can be parked with ease and it would be a great relief for countries that are really crowded, like India and China.
The car won't have a conventional roof and it seems to have a retractable top. Like a normal car, Ford's ultra-lightweight vehicle will not have a steering. It appears to be controlled with a handlebar.
One thing we have to keep in mind that is Ford has only patented it. Sometimes a product that has a patent might never reach production.
The vehicle seems to be inspired from bicycles, because of its simple suspension system and frame. We already know that the motor is electric and it will be powered by rechargeable batteries placed beneath the seats. Let's hope we can see this foldable car in production.