A miniature van is enough for two people to live

Downsizing is one of the hottest trends in the current automotive environment. Two students from the Netherlands understood living with a minimum in their own way, who limited their living needs to a miniature van from Japan.

A small 22-year-old Daihatsu student is a real definition of downsizing, not just engine space. A small van named “Little Olive” or “Ollie” has created a microdome of two teenagers that can make the most of a few inches of available space. The free-spirited couple Nici and Max first tried several months of practice travel, including untied camping in a tent, and the experimental journey became a lifestyle anchored on a more practical 4.5 square meters.

Ollie began as the Daihatsu Hijet Piaggio Porter in 2000. The former commercial vehicle could not be smaller, reaching a lower limit left a certain degree of usability for transporting cargo, although the smiling servant disappears next to the classic courier cruisers. Not only comic dimensions, but also brand, model and origin are a rarity on European roads.

The fully equipped Hijet measures 3.4 meters in length, 1.4 meters in width and only 1.85 meters in height. Max is higher than the roof of their low-cost way to travel. He and his partner did not have the money to give away, so they bought an ugly used car and, with the help of similarly skilful friends, created a perfect version of a dexterous caravan for restless students.

The low budget does not correspond to the result at all, as they both have miraculous housing available, providing equipment for all anticipated situations. The interior completely contains the demands of two people, the optimal size of sitting, sleeping, cooking, resting and storage space is based on the couple. There is no fridge, freezer or bathroom or toilet, according to enthusiastic tenants, they do not need any of this in exchange for an indispensable ten-liter supply of water for basic hygiene and further washing – more complex processes take place at publicly available sources.

It was important to fit the living area. Seating with enough legroom is turned into a double bed measuring 1.85 x 1 meter at night, surrounded by drawers and lockers. Some parts of the almost ubiquitous boxes are accessible from the outside, where a pair of vegans prepare food. The pull-out kitchen comes out from under the bed hiding a two-burner gas stove, worktop and storage for kitchen utensils such as cutlery, plates, pots or pans.

Modern accessories include televisions and electrical outlets powered by solar panels and batteries. There was no need for more consumer conveniences, as both satisfied travelers try to save the environment, in addition to minimal demands on luxury, they procured most of the necessary products from recycled materials. Wooden buildings and various fabrics predominate, giving the home a pleasant atmosphere.

The inhabited Daihatsu is driven by the experience of a 1.3-liter petrol engine with 65 horsepower (48 kW). The unit under the front seats is not particularly dynamic, especially after adding weight in the form of a living area. The top speed barely reaches 130 km / h, the reward is reliability and low consumption of around seven liters. The modest couple had already covered about 10,000 kilometers in this way, and Ollie’s maneuverability and narrow width often paid off.