7 Futuristic Modes of Green Transportation

Green_Cars.jpgHybrid 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!

scubster-underwater-sub.jpg1. Pedal Powered Submarine 

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. 


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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. 


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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. 


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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 ! 
Diane Pham / Inhabitat
Diane Pham
Diane Pham, Architecture and Design Editor of Inhabitat, is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Like so many people out there she too thought she wanted to be an architect when she grew up. After graduating from USC’s Marshall School, she enjoyed a brief stint at SCI-Arc, then working for the A+D Museum in Los Angeles, Perkins Eastman Architects and Resoultion4: Architecture handling their marketing, PR and graphic work. A native Angeleno, she’s also lived in Milan and Paris, and still has her sights set beyond the borders of the US. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, learning languages, cooking, taking photographs and doing as many new things as she can, every moment she can.
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  • http://profile.typepad.com/yukayoneda1 YukaYoneda

    Haha. I need that yellow Darth Vader underwater bike

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mendeezer Mendeezer

    me too! by far the weirdest underwater device, besides that dolphin shaped jetski thing, also that solar boat is nuts, so flashy

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003406324879 Ajna

      Is there any way I can get a street legal kit for my goped?I have a 50cc goped sceotor and I want to put a speedometer, turn signals, headlight, tail light and brake light. Ok I already got headlights for it and a a tail light, theres even a possibility of putting a wireless bike speedometer on it. But I cannot find a turn signal kit anywhere? So can anybody tell me which website or place can my my small portable gas sceotor street legal? Does any place sell turn signal that I can mount on my sceotor and work on batteries? I am sure theres some kit out there that has all I need in the box to make my sceotor street legal? Anyways hit me me with an honest answer. I will greatly appreciate your help. Thank you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003406351772 Margloon

      I like your close-ups but your interests are deeniitfly towards crew pictures as opposed to Yacht pictures. The quality is exceptional and you have a Great Eye for bow waves and sharp bows. Me , I prefer boats to people so my shots (mainly of Fife Boats are more pictures of the boats rather than the people who sail them. O.K. you won’t sell so many, so what!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kestreljenkins Kestrel Jenkins

    I want to go on an adventure in that Scubster!!!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/stevemadison Steve Madison

    a TRANSPARENT PLANE. COOL. UNLIKE AIRLINES ADD-ON FEES.