The Google engineer who lives in a truck isn’t the only American techie trying to save money – a Tesla engineer lived in the back of a van for five months so he could afford to pay off his student loan.
24-year-old Jason Roesslein started working as an engineer for Tesla Motors in 2014, and initially lived with a roommate – paying $1,250 for rent each month.
“That was supposed to be a temporary situation until I figured out where I really wanted to live,” Roesslein told Business Insider.
“As I got further and further along in my thinking, I decided that I would try to live in a van, and I eventually pulled the trigger on it.”
The move to his 2006 Dodge Sprinter van, which lasted from October 2014 to March 2015, saw Roesslein sleeping in the back of the vehicle – showering and eating most of his meals at Tesla.
He used the $10,000 (R143,000) he saved from not forking out for rent to pay off his student loan. After that, he moved into a “normal” home.
“I’ve always been money conscious, but the money I saved with the van is special. Not only is it a considerable chunk, but it comes from creativity so that I can have the freedom to do the things I want. It’s opened up so many possibilities,” he said.
The images below show life in the back of the van, which he subsequently sold for for $16,000.