Project of inflatable e-bike is under development at University of Tokyo. It named Poimo for "POrtable and Inflatable MObility".
Read this article to get informed about feature and status of this project. It will gives you new idea and open new possibilities for electric vehicle projects.
Photo: University of Tokyo
Main research goal was to produce fabric that is inflatable but durable and safe at the same time as well as strong enough when wheels and electric system get attached to the fabric by one or other way. The body of Poimo is made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The researchers have experimented with other shapes too for providing more comfort to the rider like sofa.
Technical Specifications (Prototype):
Takes 1 minute to inflate
Weight of inflated structure: 2.3kg
Weight of Electric drive train: 5.5 Kg
Motor Type: BLDC
Wireless controller is integrated in handlebar
Prototype of Poimo is tested in Japan where people said that it's more solid than expected and having fun riding this portable e-bike.
Let's hope once prototype stage past, and Poimo start influencing daily life of more peoples and children.
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