The Japanese created an inflatable electric scooter that fits in a backpack
Engineers presented a prototype of the Poimo inflatable electric scooter, which weighs only 5.5 kg and fits in a backpack when assembled.
Electric bicycles and electric scooters are becoming increasingly popular, but an increase in their number leads to clutter of sidewalks, injuries and other minor troubles. Therefore, a team of scientists from the University of Tokyo has developed a more compact and convenient version of this type of personal transport.
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The body of the Poimo electric scooter they created is made of thermoplastic polyurethane, which is easily inflated using a small hand pump. This takes less than two minutes, because the optimal working pressure (for comfortable sitting) is 40-50 kPa, which is half that of a soccer ball.
After inflation, rigid components such as wheels, motor, battery and steering wheel are attached. The total mass of all elements is 5.5 kg, and the flexible body itself weighs 2.3 kg, but in the future the team plans to reduce these figures.
The Poimo design is an example of a safe vehicle that minimizes the likelihood of injury or damage in the event of an accident. The main disadvantage of the first prototype is that one charge of its battery lasts only 1.6 km. Therefore, so far it is suitable only for small trips within the city. However, in the future, scientists plan to optimize its systems and increase the range.
Earlier, we also reported on the development of the Indian company Hero MotoCorp, which introduced a prototype of a hydrogen-powered levitating motorcycle.
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