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Brief Published: 4 Feb 2014

Millennial Mobile Homes

Otis pod

A group of students from Green Mountain College in the US has designed a mobile eco-living space for millennials.

Otis (Optimal Travelling Independent Space) is a living pod that uses a 120-watt solar panel to create electricity and a rainwater collection system for plumbing.

The 70 sq ft pod is compact enough to be towed by car – ideal for nomadic lifestyles. Excluding labour, it costs $8,000-10,000.

Many millennials – students, in particular – do not want to be tied down with rent or a mortgage after they graduate from university, noted project leader Lucas Brown. They would prefer to have an affordable living space that is mobile, low-maintenance and environmentally conscious, he said.

Stylus charts the rise of downsized vehicles in On the Road: A Home Away from Home. For further insights into the mindsets of millennials, see the Stylus reports The Millennial Consumer and Millennials: The Next Normal.