Project of inflatable e-bike is under development at University of Tokyo. It named Poimo for “POrtable and Inflatable MObility”.

Continues reading to know all feature and status of this project. It will gives you new idea and open new possibilities for electric vehicle projects.

Poimo Ebike

Photo: University of Tokyo

Features of Poimo:

  • Flexible
  • Portable &
  • Safe
  • Cost effective

Challenges to Poimo Project:

Main research goal was to produce fabric that is inflatable but durable and safe. At the same time it must strong enough to support wheels and electric system attached. 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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By Dr. Jignesh Makwana

Dr. Jignesh Makwana, Ph.D., is an Electrical Engineering expert with over 15 years of teaching experience in subjects such as power electronics, electric drives, and control systems. Formerly an associate professor and head of the Electrical Engineering Department at Marwadi University, he now serves as a product design and development consultant for firms specializing in electric drives and power electronics.