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This man has built a car that you can fold away like a suitcase


Mechanical engineer Elvis Cero has created a solution for the crowded streets of our big cities. It's a car you can fold up and wheel away like a suitcase.

The young Bosnian inventor is hoping to develop his prototype into a more sophisticated model.

It's not quite like a conventional car, but Cero believes it could be the solution to the parking problem in so many big cities.

Cero's Go City electric "car"was designed to be used like a fold-able bicycle and taken into the user's destination once they arrive. It folds into itself with the wheels exposed, to turn it into a wheelie suitcase.

"People who live in narrow streets, in big cities where there is no space, at any time they can take this vehicle out. They don't need a garage, this car can be parked anywhere inside a house," Mr Cero said.

He said the collapsing process only took about three minutes.

"People can also take this vehicle out, drive towards the bus station, easily fold it and then enter the bus, tram or tube and continue their ride towards the destination."

It has bicycle wheels, is made of light-weight aluminium, and can carry any driver up to 220 pounds.

The battery on the prototype has enough power to keep going for five hours.

With a full time job, Cero could only work on is design in his free time which he says prolonged the job.

Cero says he's been thinking about the design for a very long time, "Well, I can say that I was developing this idea for over two years. I am working (in a full-time job), so I used my spare time, for about two years to develop a 3D model. In the beginning it was just a drawing on a computer, a virtual model. The practical part, the construction of the vehicle, that took me about six months."

Building it has been a labor of love, but Cero is aware of some improvements he could make.

"This model that we see here is just a prototype. I only used the most practical and cheapest materials, materials which are available everywhere in the market. It is made of classical aluminium, and basic steel profiles. Also, I added the basic fabric which is always available in this part of the world," he says.

Cero was spurred on to start the build after a family trip.

He says, "The idea was hanging around for a long time, but the moment I decided to build this is when I visited my relatives in Germany. I saw people driving bikes at all weather conditions, rain, snow, heat and wind. Whatever the weather people were riding bicycles. People were wearing these heavy raincoats in storms, but still riding bikes. So I thought to myself, I have to follow up on my idea to build a vehicle such as this. My vehicle can be folded and it suddenly becomes ten times smaller. We showed that it is possible to build a vehicle that can be folded easily, reduced ten times in size, and at the same time be very functional."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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