Concept bike takes place next to concept cars at Auto Show

There will always be concept cars at the Auto Show, but this year there was also a concept bike.

Well, car-bike hybrid.

Imagine a bike encased in a pod-like outer shell that protects from the elements, plus some room for cargo in the back, and an electric motor that brings you up to cruising speeds of 25 mph. That’s the Zepellin.

Or take a look at this video:

The Future Cycles vehicles are the brainchild of Cameron Van Dyke, a graduate student at the University of Michigan’s Penny Stamps School of Art and Design. He designed the car/bike mashup as his master’s thesis and describes the project as a way to “propose an alternative set of values in relation to transportation.”

As the smaller of the two prototypes the Zepellin meets the federal definition of a bicycle (two or three wheels, electric motor of less than 750 watts and low cruising speed), so if you can convince Van Dyke to provide you with one, you’re good to go.

The three concept vehicles are currently on display at the University of Michigan’s Duderstadt Center Gallery.