Shrub Rover Solar Electric Vehicle Offers Weird Adventures

When it comes to spying on your friends, forget creeping through the underbrush. A new electric vehicle from designer Justin Shull will have you actually creeping in the underbrush, in the patently bizarre solar powered Shrub Rover, which comes to us by way of Inhabitat.

This solar-powered “car” covered in foliage doesn’t actually have a windshield, relying instead on video screens for a driver’s view of the surrounding environs,  but it does seem to move, rolling seamlessly out from behind a hedge, onto the sidewalk and onto the road (although we assume this thing isn’t street-legal– accidents caused by rubberneckers alone would have to make it dangerous).

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image via Inhabitat

Oddly enough, this most terrestrial of land vehicles was inspired by NASA. Quoted on the designer’s website: “In the spirit of NASA and the 2020 lunar expeditions in preparation for colonizing the moon [really?], the Terrestrial Shrub Rover presents the opportunity to explore terrestrial and social environments back on Earth from within a manned, foliage bedecked, solar electric powered rover.” Also under development is an unmanned, remotely controlled, webcam version of the Shrub Rover.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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