Recreation Vehicles (RV's) or mobile homes are an excellent way to travel around the world and experience life like a local. It is no wonder that they are getting increasingly popular not just with vacationers but also retirees and seasonal workers. The only drawbacks are that these gas-guzzling homes on wheels are not very environmentally friendly and also somewhat restrictive. That's because they depend on the grid for water and electricity.
However, that may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to Ecocapsule, an egg-shaped mobile home that can sustain residents in many off-grid locations for almost a year. This means that adventurers can spend time anywhere their hearts desire - from the beach to the woods or mountains and even atop city buildings! The 14.6 feet long by 7.4 feet by 8.4 feet wide pod can comfortably fit up to two people. It is powered by a 9,744-watt rechargeable battery that stores the energy harnessed by a 750-watt retractable wind turbine and a 28-square foot array of efficient solar cells that are fitted on the pod's roof.
Ecocapsule's spherical shape allows for optimal collection of rainwater and dew while a built-in filter system ensures it is safe to consume. High-performance insulation inserted into the walls guarantees that the temperature inside the pod remains comfortable at all times. Despite its tiny size, the Ecocapsule comes with all the amenities of a luxurious mobile home. These include a comfortable folding bed, a kitchenette, shower, built-in storage and even a compostable toilet. Besides providing an alternative solution to those that enjoy traveling with their homes, the pod could also be useful in natural disaster zones.
The Ecocapsule that debuted to rave reviews at the Pioneers Festival held in Vienna on May 28th will be available for sale to the public later this year. Though the price was not revealed, Slovakia-based Nice Architects, the brains behind the design, indicated that it would be comparable to similar luxury recreational vehicles. Of course, those living outside of Slovakia will have to add a few thousand dollars in shipping costs. But that is a small pay for the freedom it will provide thrill-seekers that want to dwell in places where few have ventured before.
Resources: curbed.com, telegraph.co.uk,