Filipino Kenneth Cobonpue just hit the jackpot with his designed Phoenix concept vehicle. Not only is it easy to build, fast and ecological, it’s also a reliable solution for the least fortunate people to acquire their own means of transportation.
What can be more perfect than collecting free resources from your surrounding area and using them as materials for community based projects? This is the case with the Phoenix, a biodegradable vehicle built out of bamboo, that Kenneth Cobonpue has designed. Of course, there will always be downsides to each project, regardless of what the designer wanted to point out. In reality, each design is a mere reflection of the designer’s idea of what the world is like. Meet a world of tropical climate!
The Phoenix was designed and constructed in less than ten days with the help of german Albrecht Birkner. The two have been using bamboo, rattan, steel and nylon as materials, giving the Phoenix a remarkable look of the phoenix bird from mythology, ready to take off.
Unfortunately, the vehicle hasn’t got an engine yet, but possibilities are endless. It can certainly be equipped with some solar voltaic panels, perhaps a Lithium-ion battery pack and why not, it could even run on magnetic energy. The vehicle is lightweight enough to harness energy from almost anything. It can also run fast, thanks to its aerodynamic shape.
It first appeared in a showroom in the city of Milan, in Italy. Surely, it brings out potential, but how effective is it outside the tropical climate? Without doubt, the Phoenix would be more than welcomed in the Philippines, India, Taiwan, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries, where the climate is hot and humid twelve months a year. Let’s not forget it’s built mostly out of bamboo wood, which is a common resource in the area, very cheap if not quite free.
We wouldn’t find it impossible for the Phoenix to become the new trend in Southeastern Asia someday. Would you venture yourself in an eco-vehicle built out of bamboo wood? It might prove to be an experience you will never forget.
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