The scooter that fits inside a HANDBAG

scooterAForget micro scooters, this vehicle fits inside a HANDBAG: Lightweight design collapses to the size of an A4 piece of paper

  • Scooter was designed by George Mabey of London South Bank University
  • It works by linking parts of aluminium with a cable which, when tightened, pull together to support an adult’s weight
  • Scooter folds to the size of an A4 piece of paper and weighs 11lbs (5kg)
  • However, there are no immediate plans to release the vehicle

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From children to high-flying businesses executives, fold-up scooters are a popular way to get around town quickly, but they’re often bulky and awkward to carry.

Now there’s a new design of scooter that’s so tiny, it folds up to the size of an A4 piece of paper.

A university student created the award-winning scooter by linking pieces of aluminium with a cable, which when tightened, pull them together to support an adult’s weight.

Just like a conventional scooter, it measures 37 inches (95cm) in height when fully extended, but folds up to a tiny 11.7inches (29.7cm) in length and 8.3inches (21cm) in width when collapsed – exactly the same size as a sheet of A4 paper.

‘The innovative design will fetch a premium price on the market,’ said Alan Arthur, marketing and communications executive at the Aluminium Federation.

‘Nothing else out there at the moment folds away this small and it could even fit in a handbag.

‘Aluminium weighs a third of steel and now Jaguar and Land Rover cars are made from the metal.

‘Based on some of the premium fold-away bikes, like Brompton Bicycles, this product will sell for several times that of a standard scooter – so up to and over £1,000.’

George picked up his award and prize of £1,000 at the ceremony, which was hosted by the Aluminium Federation and held at the Houses of Parliament.

Mabey said: ‘Having my work acknowledged at the awards and recognised by the industry is the icing on the cake. It’s a great way to finish my time at university.’

Simon MacVicker, president of the Aluminium Federation who hosted the awards, added: ‘This year’s awards have really demonstrated the immense talent among young people. The creativity is outstanding.’