We've brought you many stories about tiny houses and other interesting homesteads, such as a hobbit house and the world's largest treehouse. Here's another for the record books: a tiny, electric mobile home created by San Francisco artist Jay Nelson. Fair Companies highlights Nelson in a story showing off the 27-square-foot mobile home powered by an electric motor.
Watch Nelson explain his creation:
Nelson says that the vehicle maxes out at 20 mph but he considers it perfect for getting around town. Although he doesn't intend to use it for long trips, he said it's "comforting" to have vehicles with the option to sleep in. The mobile home is long enough for him to stretch out, but a bed is surprisingly not its only amenity. It also has a kitchen and loads of storage --relatively speaking.
Fair Companies has more on the mobile home's construction:
He bought the PVC pipe chassis online, along with an electric motor (he discarded his initial pedal-powered design because of the San Francisco hills) and began to build the vehicle in his driveway.
To create the pod covering, he used plywood that he fiberglassed (a technique perfected while building surfboards) to create a bulbous, geometric shape. The result is a vehicle that looks like nothing else on the road, aided by the crystal-inspired multi-faceted windows.
He calls his tiny mobile home the Golden Gate and with an electric motor range of 10 miles, it can go basically anywhere within San Francisco (7 x 7 square miles) [...]
Fair Companies reports that this isn't the only mode of transportation that Nelson has attached a bed or some semblance of a home to. He started with his Honda Civic, which he attached a sleeping compartment to the top of for when he and his girlfriend road-tripped across the country. He also built an 8-foot-long boat house from a dingy he bought off Craigslist. The top part of the boat house is removable.
What's next? Nelson is going to build a camper on the back of his truck. His plan is to build a shell that slides on and off the flatbed easily to make it a camper or revert back to a work vehicle.
Even though Nelson seems to have a passion for constructing small, mobile homes, he considers them temporary. "I like coming home to a house. You know, the comforts of home."