It's your little piece of aerodynamic off-the-grid heaven... available 2016. Ecocapsule photo.
Slovakia-based Ecocapsule wants you to reconsider your fantasy mountain tiny house and think less “converted chicken coop” and more “Easter egg with a bed in it.” With a mere 86 square feet of living space for two people, the Ecocapsule is by far the smallest abode we’ve showcased for our Basecamp column, but given its 15 foot length makes it trailerable (the company is planning to offer a trailer chassis by late next year), there’s the possibility of making the Ecocapsule the most chic, eco-friendly (if a Prius has enough power to move it, or if a Tesla can pull it without ripping the trailer off going 0 to 60 in under four seconds) car camping setup out there. I recognize I just used the word “chic,” so please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org to complain. Thank you.
While the Ecocapsule might make for some aesthetically pleasing overnight glamping, it’s actually set up for long-term, off-the-grid inhabitation. It’s pre-rigged with a 750 watt wind turbine and a 600 watt solar panel built into the roof, all of which feeds to a battery that can store up to 9.7 kilowatt hour of electricity. The built-in shower, flush toilet, and kitchen sink is fed by a system that collects rainwater that falls on the unit, filters it, and stores it under the floor.
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We don't know what these ladies are saying, but they got plenty of headroom!
With a max height of over eight feet, there is enough headroom for even the most outsized American, and the couch folds out to provide what we guestimate might be a full bed, and a decent amount of storage is installed both within and outside of the capsule to house your bike or climbing gear, although we have no idea where your hitch rack would plug in.
Your muddy bike shit might not play well with the white interior. Ecocapsule photo.
The Ecocapsule is set to go on sale later this fall, with prices set to be competitive with RV’s and mobile homes with “similar offerings.” We can’t imagine they’ll be cheap, given shipping the capsule itself from Slovakia to the U.S. is itself supposed to cost over $2,300 .
Wind, sun, water, fire–the Ecocapsule is covering all the bases. Ecocapsule photo.
But given that most of the adventure-tailored tiny homes we’ve featured are built to look like clapboard sheds or are, in fact, treehouses, the Ecocapsule is a bit more a modern take on the tiny living experiment. Would you inhabit it?
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