Not only is this scooter made of steam-pressed bamboo instead of plastic, but in place of a gas tank, it has A TANK OF AIR:


The EcoMoto was an Australian industrial design student’s third-year design project “aimed at developing a concept motorbike built around a compressed air powered engine.” As Darby Bicheno explains in his deep Australian accent, the air-powered engine is quiet and capable, perfect for short city trips. As long as the air compressor you use to fill the tank is powered by renewable energy, it’s pretty dang green.

As if that weren’t cool enough, Bicheno’s bitchin’ bike uses LED lights instead of incandescent ones, as well as quick-growing bamboo. His goal was an exposed yet elegant scooter; from the looks of the prototype, he totally succeeded:

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According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, only 1 in 4 Australians who drive to work or school is also carrying a passenger — meaning a small, eco-friendly alternative to a car (like the EcoMoto) could suit them well. Now all Bicheno needs to do next is make a motorcycle powered by farts.

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