Date
25 September 2017
He Liangcai says his mini city car can hit a top speed of 20 kilometers per hour. Photo: National Business Daily
He Liangcai says his mini city car can hit a top speed of 20 kilometers per hour. Photo: National Business Daily

Pack and go with the suitcase e-car

A one-time car mechanic is revolutionizing the luggage-on-wheels concept with a swift U-turn, inverting the idea to create wheels on luggage.

He Liangcai, an entrepreneur from Changsha in Hunan, has built a mini electric car fitted inside a suitcase. It not only gives new meaning to the phrase “let’s pack and go”, the “mini city car” is one of the greenest vehicles in terms of energy consumption, National Business Daily reports.

He spent more than a decade realizing the idea after first coming up with it in 1999 during a trip to the United States. Instead of carting your luggage to a hotel after a long-haul flight, what if it could cart you, he wondered.

If anybody was going to make something out of next to nothing, He was it. With only a primary school education, He went into the car-fixing business in the early 1980s and was the first person in his village to make 10,000 yuan a year. He drew on his car repair knowledge and whatever he could gather from asking around to finish the e-car project.

The result is an electric luggage car that looks like the mobile offspring of a scooter and a suitcase. It runs on a lithium battery and can hit a top speed of 20 kilometers per hour. He insists it can go up to 60 kilometers on one charge and has built-in features include GPS and LED lighting.

He claims the vehicle can carry two passengers, but that might be getting a bit carried away.

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