Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Folding

The Klepper E-Kayak at the 2015 Dusseldorf boat show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)

Paddling lakes, bays and rivers by kayak is a rewarding experience, but it can also be quite tiring. That's why Klepper offers paddlers the benefit of a solar-powered electric drive in its E-Kayak. The paddler can kick back and let the small motor take over the forward-floating load. The design adds a little modern-day technology and convenience to Klepper's classic folding kayak.  Read More

When folded down, the Helix isn't much bigger than its wheels

The whole idea behind folding bikes is that they can be made very small and unobtrusive for transit and storage. It would follow, therefore, that the smaller they can be folded down, the better. Well, Toronto's Peter Boutakis claims that his company's Helix bike can fold smaller than any other. It's also got a snazzy lightweight titanium frame.  Read More

The 18.75 lb (8.5 kg) Ultra-X is made largely from carbon fiber

Given that their design incorporates hinges and locking mechanisms, folding bikes aren't necessarily synonymous with light weight. Allen Sports' new Ultra X, however, tips the scales at just 18.75 lb (8.5 kg). The carbon fiber commuter may just be the world's lightest folding bike ... or at least, the lightest one that looks relatively normal.  Read More

The ElectricMood folding electric scooter

We've covered our fair share of last-mile electric vehicles here at Gizmag, but this latest to come to our attention may just hit the sweet spot between weight, top speed, and range. The folding e-scooter, dubbed ElectricMood, is currently in the prototype stage, and its designers hope to raise funds via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to bring it to production.  Read More

These self-folded origami structures created using a technique developed at UMass Amhurst ...

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have appropriated a less-common technique of origami known as "collapse"-type, in which all folds are carried out more or less simultaneously, to create complex reversibly self-folded 3D structures around a millimeter in size. The new technique is expected to have applications in soft robotics, mechanical metamaterials, and biomimetic systems (synthetic systems that mimic systems from nature).  Read More

The MUV-e folds up into a suitcase-sized trolley in around 3 seconds

Back in May last year, the My Urban Vehicle project introduced us to a folding electric scooter prototype that was to go into production by the end of 2013. Development continued beyond that deadline, however, and now a new fully-functional pre-production version of the MUV-e has been revealed ahead of release next year.  Read More

BMW's Mini CitySurfer folding electric vehicle concept boasts a top speed of 25 km/h (15 m...

There's been no shortage of folding electric scooters covered here at Gizmag, but these have largely been the handiwork of spritely start-ups and idealistic entrepreneurs. The experienced heads at BMW have now signaled an intention to get in on the action, unveiling an eye-catching electric vehicle concept inspired by the good old-fashioned kick scooter.  Read More

The E.T definitely has a look of its own

We're certainly seeing a lot of folding electric scooters lately, including models that can be carried in a backpack, go off-road, and feature rear-wheel steering. One of the latest, the E.T Scooter, certainly has a unique look – and it can reportedly fold in just five seconds.  Read More

When folded up, the Impossible bike measures 17 in (43 cm) tall

Folding and electric bikes have proven fertile ground for innovation recently, but what about bikes that are both electric and folding? Three years in the making, the Impossible bike from a team of China-based engineers folds up to fit in a backpack and is capable of reaching 12 mph (20 km/h) on the road courtesy of a brushless electric motor.  Read More

The Vello Urbano, folded for transit

Remember the baby stroller/scooter hybrid known as the Roller Buggy? Even if you don't, its Austrian creator is now part of the team behind another unique mode of human-powered transportation. This one's called the Vello bike, and it features a unique folding mechanism along with some other clever innovations.  Read More

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