Axeon has been identified as the battery supplier for Hiriko's prototype electric vehicles that will be manufactured in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Axeon is the biggest independent supplier of lithium-ion battery systems in Europe. On the other hand, Hiriko is a Spanish company offering clean mobile power for electric vehicles, mobile power applications and cordless power tools.
The urban electric two-seaters have a single access door at the front and a one-of-a-kind folding design that allow for parking in very limited spaces. They also feature an innovative steer-by-wire system, which eliminates all mechanical steering parts.
In the first quarter of this year, Axeon will provide each Hiriko prototype with two powerful lithium-ion batteries, which will be attached in parallel with one in each half of the vehicle. Electric wheel-mounted motors provide four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. Hiriko plans to franchise its production model to allow the automobiles to be sustainably and locally produced by various consortia in different markets.
Its urban electric automobiles will be specifically aimed at large cities where they could be rented out. This year, the vehicles will be homologated and the prototypes will be tested in cities worldwide, with the goal to make them available to the market in 2013.
Axeon CEO Lawrence Berns commented that they are "delighted" to be a part of the "exciting and pioneering" project with Hiriko. He added that being Hiriko's battery supplier is proof of their ability to offer solutions for different automobile types as well as to adapt their technology to fit a wide array of applications from conventional cars to more complex designs and concepts.