Urbee is a car designed to run solely on renewable energy. "Driving for Our Lives - a road trip through the Ecosphere" will tell the story of URBEE, the greenest car in the world, and how it came to be. We would like to write this book in an effort to share what we've learned with the world.
Your Reward Choices...
1) The book (as described above)
We expect "Driving for Our Lives" to be available around April of 2015. We will make it available as both an ebook and a hard cover print version.
2) The Urbee Documentary
"Urbee", the documentary, was completed in 2012 by Doug Howe of Greenwich Productions. It is the impassioned story of our revolutionary group of industrial designers, engineers, environmentalists and car enthusiasts - and our struggle against all odds to build the worlds greenest car.
What better way to spread the word and show your support?
4) Bumper Sticker
Anybody making a purchase involving a physical mail out will receive a bumper sticker as a small bonus.
The Bigger Picture...
Although this Kickstarter campaign is about a book, it is just one small part of a very important project.
Today, there are 1 billion cars in the world. With population and affluence rising, this is rocketing towards 2.5 billion cars by 2050. If these are similar to today's cars, this spells disaster. According to the International Energy Agency, by 2050, unless 2/3 of all known fossil fuel reserves stay in the ground, the climate would move the world to a non-habitable state. How these future 2.5 billion cars are designed is serious business.
Our small, independent team of seasoned designers believe now is the time to act. We believe that powering cars on renewable energy is vital to our civilization's survival. A first prototype was completed in 2013. It became the first car to have its body 3D printed, and is the greenest practical car ever made. We call our unique, low energy car URBEE.
We recently initiated a second prototype, called URBEE 2. Provided we receive adequate funding ($3 million), we will demonstrate URBEE 2's potential to the world. In 2015, taking just 2 days, 2 people and a dog will travel from New York to San Francisco using just 10 gallons of bio-fuel, setting a world record.
URBEE is a return to fundamentals, and a rethink of traditional automotive design and manufacturing. As a species endangered by our own actions, we must quickly learn to stop burning fossil fuels. Surely, the ultimate goal of Design is to serve the 'public good'. Therefore, corporations and individual designers have a responsibility to offer products that are not only useful, but in balance with the environment.
Be a part of our project by choosing one of our rewards. Please help us make history!
Risks and challenges
Our main challenges have always been time and money. The biggest challenge we foresee is writing a book without delaying the development of Urbee 2. However, educating people has always been very important to us, and this book will be a thorough compilation of what we have learned.
Speaking engagement, anywhere in the world in 2014 (to be coordinated with Jim Kor). For international events, travel expenses must be covered. For an additional fee, the prototype Urbee car could be on-site.