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Hiriko Electric Car Is Launched At European Commission HQ

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 24: EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Jesus Echave, chairman of the HIRIKO-AFYPAIDA corporate consortium, sit in the first prototype of the HIRIKO electric car, during the global launch of Hiriko Driving Mobility at the EU Commission headquarters on January 24, 2012 in Brussels, Belgium. The electronic, eco-friendly vehicle will be manufactured in deprived areas of cities who take up Hiriko's "social purpose" model. Malmo in Sweden has already signed up to trial Hiriko with Berlin, Barcelona, Vitoria-Gasteiz (the second largest Basque city), San Francisco, and Hong Kong expected to follow suit. (Photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Getty Images)