Portable (inflatable) Electric Scooter - Futuristic, Scooter in your Bag

Ever imagined stashing a full-size scooter inside your backpack? Sounds impossible, right? Well, it was.

Portable (inflatable) Electric Scooter

At least until a team comprising students from the University of Tokyo and researchers from Mercari R4D unveiled Poimo, the world’s first inflatable electric scooter.

Poimo is an acronym for Portable and Inflatable Mobility, a name that represents everything the scooter is about.

Scooter in your Bag

The main body is made from thermoplastic polyurethane, the same material used for airbeds. After inflating the body, the rider would have to attach the detachable components, including the front and rear wheels, battery, electric motor, handlebars, and the built-in wireless controller. The design is such that the process of inflating the scooter’s body as well as attaching the components, should not take more than a few minutes.

Design and features

According to the manufacturers, Poimo inflatable electric scooter has a total weight of 5.5kg. The inflatable body contributes less than half the scooter’s mass, and the researchers are still working on making the parts lighter. Poimo’s lightweight feature distinguishes it from other comparable mobility solutions such as folding bikes. It is also considerably more compact than any similar mobility device as it fits right into an average-sized backpack.

Lightweight and portable

Longer battery life

Another advantage of the lightweight and inflatable structure is that the scooter’s motor has much less work. This maximizes battery life as well as autonomy. Needless to say, the scooter’s electric nature makes it environmentally friendly.

Pricing info

Poimo inflatable electric scooter is still under development, and very little is known about the market price. However, the manufacturers assured pricing is one of the problems of micro-mobility solutions they hope to address with their scooter.