Imagine getting off a subway train or bus. You hit the road and then take an EV out of your bag and start riding to your workplace. It could be real very soon for you and me!
Electric vehicles are increasing one step after another across the world. This time around it’s taken the form of a small inflatable vehicle that can fit even in your average backpack. The new innovation has come from Japan.
The new POIMO (Portable and Inflatable Mobility) scooter has been developed by researchers at the University of Tokyo. The small scooter is designed with last-mile connectivity in mind, such as the distance or short distance between your bus stop and office.
But how much can you ride on it?
The small battery and inflated scooter is capable of delivering 90 minutes of riding time on a single charge, which is enough to cover short distances. The inflated electric vehicle can run up to a speed of 15 km/h.
The vehicle draws power from an electric motor that is neatly mounted to the wheel itself. The mini scooter comes with handlebars for steering, throttle input and handling as well as a battery unit that is placed between the front and rear wheels.
The inflatable part of the bike is made using thermoplastic polyurethane, which the researchers claim is very strong and easily takes the weight of a full-grown adult.
The biggest feature of having such a flexible material is the ability to shape and reshape. Vehicles can be designed for specific preferences including shapes such as a moving lounge. Depending on the requirement, different parts of the scooter can be reduced and increased. However, the basic powertrain and technology remain the same.
It may take time for the technology to evolve to reach the masses, but it holds promise to transform last-mile connectivity.
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