The new HIRIKO electric vehicle

The new HIRIKO electric vehicle

President Barroso introduces the HIRIKO electric vehicle as “a response to the crisis”

urban, with four-wheel drive and steering, haptic and foldable steering wheel in its car park, HIRIKO constitutes a gigantic step forward in the Urban Mobility Thanks to its management system to the demand that is complemented by the public transport to free of traffic the centers of the Cities. According to BarrosoHIRIKO is equipped with innovative navigation systems, has an autonomy of 120 kilometers and can reach a maximum speed of 90 kilometers per hour self-limiting to 50 kms/h in City.

Together with Barroso, the president of HIRIKO, Jesús Echave, The mayors have participated in the event Ilmar Reepalu Of Malmö (sweden) and Javier Maroto Of Vitoria-Gasteiz , Javier de Andrés , deputy general ofÃlava , the internationalization coordinator of HIRIKO, Gorka Espiau , those responsible for the mobility ofBarcelona , Berlin And Boston , responsible for the Mit Massachusetts and business Executives Afypaida ,Denokinn , Guardian , Sapa , Tma , Forging Products , BRW-Basque Robot Wheels , Ingeinnova , Maser Mic that have developed the Project. Among the attendees were also the deputies ofEconomic promotion of Ãlava and Gipuzkoa , Luis Viana And Jon Urigüen , the Director of Technology of theBasque Government , Edorta Larrauri And the delegate of the Basque Government In Brussels Marta Marín .

In the opinion of the President of the European commission,Jose Manuel Duran Barroso, “projects such as the HIRIKO electric car are an important part of the response to the crisis, since it combines the new possibilities of business with the generation of employment and innovation Social “.

Barroso explained that “in order to combat the crisis, budgetary control is important, but it has stated that projects such as the HIRIKO car are part of the solution to the Crisis. HIRIKO is an example of how to revitalise traditional industrial sectors and address them to new challenges, such as Urban Mobility. “

Geoff Mulgan, executive Director of the public entityNestaof Great britain, who works in social innovation, has highlighted the social aspect of HIRIKO when it comes to transforming cities and has defined the idea of the Basque consortium as “a Practical dream” and Tangible carried out by “practical visionaries”.

According to the president of HIRIKO, Jesús Echave, The new electric vehicle implies “an example of social innovation and tries to modify cities and their habits, since in the future it could eliminate the stress and noises of the city centre”.

For Echave “HIRIKO constitutes an example ofsocial innovation and contributes to modify the cities and their habits in what removability sustainable refers since the first clients are institutions, municipalities and public services that will use fleets of These cars for their respective cities. “

Both the mayor of Vitoria, Javier Maroto, and the deputy general of Ãlava, Javier de Andrés, have participated in a meeting with investors, entrepreneurs and technological leaders from all over the world interested in Basque economic proposals. For the deputy general of Ãlava, Javier de Andrés, “Ãlavaes is an ideal scenario to develop the project given the Dotacióntecnológicade the province”. The mayor of the Green Capital 2012 has highlighted HIRIKO as a “green employment generator project”.

In 2013 the first assembly plant will start the production of HIRIKO. For 2015, 9,000 units will be produced annually in the various franchises that will be opened in Europe and AMERICA.