Saturday, June 22, 2024

Tatamel electric motorbike folds down to fit under your desk

Japanese company ICOMA has unveiled a foldable electric motorcycle called Tatamel Bike (Tatameru Bike in Japanese), ideal for getting around the city or commuting to work. The mini motorbike can be folded down into small enough size that it can fit beneath a standard office desk, meaning you don’t need to worry about parking ever again.

When folded, the Tatamel Bike measures only 70 cm long, 68 cm tall, and 26 cm wide, so no bigger than a piece of luggage. And when ready to ride, the motorcycle folds out – the seat extends backward, the frame and the handlebar fold out – and measures 123 cm long, 100 cm tall, and 65 cm wide.

Tatamel electric motorbike folds down to fit under your desk.
Tatamel electric motorbike folds down to fit under your desk. Credit: ICOMA

It is equipped with a 600-watt motor powered by a 12 Ah lithium-ion phosphate battery, delivering speeds of up to 40 km/h (25 mph) and an estimated range of up to 50 km (31 miles) on a single charge. The motorcycle also includes a portable power supply, so you can charge your smaller devices on the go.

In addition, the company says its body can be customized to suit your lifestyle. The side panels can be replaced with your favorite colors and materials. You can also add illustrations like a picture frame or attach signage to express your own world. Other features include front and rear suspension, a full LED lighting system, pegs for your feet, and a kickstand.

According to the company, the vehicle is legally classified as a moped (in Japan, at least), so riders should only need a standard driver’s license. The Tatamel Bike currently exists as a fully functioning prototype, and the company is planning on taking it into production. Currently, there is no word on commercial availability and pricing of the bike.