You could be forgiven for having assumed that the Ecocapsule wouldn't ever be built when we first covered it. However, the zany egg-shaped off-grid abode is now available for pre-order.
The Ecocapsule's dimensions have changed slightly since we saw the prototype. It now measures 4.46 x 2.25 x 2.60 m (14 x 7.3 x 8.5 ft) and has a usable floorspace of just 6.3 sq m (67.8 sq ft). The shell is built from fiberglass, with standout off-grid tech features including two water tanks, a rainwater collection/filtration system, composting toilet, solar power, and a wind turbine.
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The tiny home also sports external connections for electricity and water, plus anchor points for a trailer attachment due for release sometime in the future. Optional extras include a mini-fridge, mini-washing machine, mosquito net, and folding sunshade.
If you'd like to try and get your hands on one of the unusual tiny homes, you can place a deposit via the link below – but you'll have to be quick, because there's only a total of 50 available. The total price comes in at €79,000 (US$85,700), plus taxes and shipping.
A word of caution though: the €2,000 ($2,170) deposit is non-refundable, and a lot can happen between now and the estimated delivery date of late 2016/early 2017. Perhaps the second-generation retail release of the Ecocapsule planned for 2017 is a safer bet.
Check out the video below for more information on the Ecocapsule.