Isn't it cool to have an electric car that looks like a spaceship and can go sideways like a crab, in addition to forward and backward? A Chinese web celebrity has created such an electric car with his bare hands.

Geng Shuai, 33, known among Chinese Internet users by the username "Shougong Geng" (Craftsman Geng), posted a video Saturday unveiling his latest creation - an electric car.

The car looks like a spaceship, with stainless steel panels enclosing its entire body. According to Geng, "the design has no raised areas, not even mirrors, to reduce wind resistance while driving."

The electric car is independently driven by four-wheel motors, and four universal wheels allow the vehicle to travel in any direction.

According to his video, the tires are motorcycle tires that Geng bought at a junkyard.

Welding the skeleton of the car, laying the wooden floor, and installing the control buttons were all done by him alone, finally completing the basic driving functions.

In terms of range, Geng added nine large batteries to the car. For long-distance driving, the back of the vehicle can also be hooked up to a battery depot with dozens of large batteries that look like oil drums.

The interior is made mostly of recycled materials, i.e., used cardboard boxes, and LED light strips have been added.

It also has a 32-inch TV as the center screen, so you can listen to and watch TV, and even navigate.

Geng also installed a reverse radar for this vehicle, enabling a back-up camera. It even added a second steering wheel at the rear of the vehicle to drive directly to the rear of the vehicle when backing up.

What's even more amazing is that there is a metal arm at the front of the car that enables turn alerts and gestures with other drivers.

You can see his video here: Bilibili.

"The Useless Edison"

Geng is one of the most famous and useless inventors in China today. His inventions are all built with his bare hands, many of which are creative but basically useless. He is also known as "The Useless Edison" by his fans.

Born in 1988 in Baoding, Hebei, Geng now has over 5 million followers on Bilibili and millions more on other platforms including Kuaishou and Weibo.

All along, Geng has been bringing joy to his fans with his useless inventions. His own story is also a story of a poor man's comeback.

His current annual income is reportedly in the millions of RMB, while just a few years ago he was one of the lowest-income earners in Chinese society.

Geng did not continue his education after graduating from junior high school, choosing instead to become a welder like his father and brother.

He then followed his village master to Beijing, where he worked as a welder of pipes.

It was a job he did for 13 years, and like most people from the countryside, his wife and children were back home, while he worked in the big city with his father, and his brother.

"Beijing never belonged to me," he lamented, according to Chinese media previously describing him.

In 2017, Geng, 29, decided to stop working outside the home and do something he loved.

His friends suggested he learn to make videos and sell something along the way, and Geng quickly took the advice and spent more than 10,000 yuan on the equipment he needed, a third of his savings at the time.

His initiative was strongly opposed by his mother, who couldn't understand why her son was making useless videos instead of working.

At first Geng didn't have a clear plan of what to do and what to sell, he didn't even know. Until he saw a machine gun ornament made from scrap steel pipes on the Internet for as much as RMB 3,000, he was tempted.

He thought, if he also made these decorations and can sell for this price, it is also much better than work.

So he decided to target the male population, making some stainless steel metal handcrafted products.

But the result was that his products did not sell, but the video documenting the manufacturing process began to be popular.

He then focused his energy on using video to record his inventions, and each invention brought a lot of laughter to the audience.

Below is a screenshot of some of his video screen content posted in Bilibili, with the titles automatically translated.