Our system of highways, roads, avenues, bike paths, sidewalks, and parking lots serve a clear and important purpose — the facilitation of easy transportation — but it could do so much more. With Solar Roadways, every paved surface in the country could one day be turned into a source of renewable energy, ultimately producing enough electricity to power our nation three times over. And there's more: programmable LEDs would send information to drivers, while eliminating the need for painted road markers, while built-in heat sources would make snowy and icy roads a thing of the past. While it seems a little pie-in-the-sky right now, they've already received funding from federal highway authorities to begin pilot programs — so a brave new world could be nearer than we ever thought possible.
Another in a slew of urban commuting bikes we've seen hit the market recently, the Viks Bike is constructed entirely from high-quality stainless steel tubes, making for a durable bike that's still relatively light weight. Its unique shape is made up of two identical tube frames joined alongside each other, meeting at a single head tube, seat tube, and bottom bracket. Featuring either a fixed gear or a coaster brake hub, it's the ideal bike for cruising through flat cities either on the way to work or out for the night. Available in a number of customizable configurations, and a range of powder-coated colors, this is a city bike that you can really make your own.
We've seen plenty of electric vehicles over the years, but none that weigh in at under ten pounds. Claiming the throne of "world's lightest electric vehicle", the Marbel Electric Skateboard comes in at 9.9 lbs, and offers a range of up to 10 miles and a top speed of 20 mph thanks to a powerful battery system that's completely integrated into the deck. Speaking of which, it's built entirely from carbon fiber and kevlar, save for the nose, tail, and wheels, which are all crafted from Urethane rubber. All you need to do is hop aboard and move the throttle slider, or better yet, pair the board to your phone and completely customize your ride.