Hybrid and electric cars are a great way to cut down on your transportation carbon footprint on land, but sometimes it’s nice to dream big and beyond a rechargeable battery and paved roads. While we haven’t quite met the Jetson’s age when it comes to getting around, we’re getting pretty close. Designers worldwide are creating some seriously stellar transportation vehicles for use on land, sea and sky, aimed at the everyday man and woman. We’ve searched high and low for the most impressive designs that really exemplify innovative green thinking and creativity with no bounds. Read ahead to learn more about these awesome concepts – some of which have already gone into production and exploring the world as we speak!
This underwater vessel looks like something straight out of a James Bond movie. Developed by a team of French engineers, the mini-sub, nicknamed the ‘Scubster‘, is the world’s first pedal-powered submarine. The Scubster is entirely human-powered and is designed so that the ‘driver’ only has to pedal to propel it underwater. The craft features a pedal belt connected to a twin-propeller system that, depending on the fitness of the driver, can reach speeds of up to 8km an hour (5mph). The mini-sub can currently reach a depth of 6 meters (20 ft), making it perfect for peddling through rivers, and shallow ocean excursions.
2. Aquastar’s Underwater Electric Scooter
If the idea of being completely enclosed causes some anxiety, then this underwater scooter by Aquastar is a great alternative to exploring the ocean’s depths. Called the ‘AS-2 Scooter‘, this compact undersea vehicle is powered by a rechargeable electric battery and allows ocean enthusiasts to dive deep into the water. The AS-2 can seat two, meaning you can bring a friend along on your adventures. Once you’re sitting on the scooter, you lower a yellow helmet over your head to give way to a 99% distortion free view of the water around you. Once submerged, you have up to 70 minutes of oxygen.
3. World’s Largest Solar Boat
Here’s a solar powered sea vessel we’d love to take for a spin on the ocean. PlanetSolar‘s TÛRANOR – the world’s largest solar-powered boat – has been making waves in every corner of the globe. The Swiss-designed, German-built ship is powered by over 5,380 square feet of solar paneling, and it hopes to inspire the fuel-guzzling shipping industry by promoting renewable energy.
4. BMWs Motorrad e-Scooter
BMW is better known for their streamlined automotive designs, but they’re setting a new standard with their all new BMW Motorrad E-Scooter concept. This sleek scooter promises to be the perfect means of transportation for the future urban dweller. The Motorrad features an all-electric drive train that can reach top speeds enabling it for highway use, and its battery can take you up to 62 miles on a single charge. The scooter also has room for two to take a date for a spin in the city !