Three-wheeled electric amphibious bicycle, or floating house on wheels for travel

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Have you ever thought about a versatile travel vehicle that can cross water obstacles?

Latvian designer Aigars Lauzis, with 10 years of experience in landscape architecture and urban design, has built a prototype travel tricycle and named it

The caravan body is assembled from plywood and fiberglass and consists of two parts — the first is mounted on the chassis, and the second is a roof that moves along the rails. A kind of sliding roof.

The chassis of the electric bike is assembled from square tubes and is a fairly sturdy structure. The front wheel has a diameter of 36 inches, the rear two motor-wheels with a capacity of 250 W — with a diameter of 20 inches.

The rooftop houses solar panels that recharge two lithium-ion batteries. Inside, there should be enough room for two adults to sleep, although it looks a bit crowded.

In camping mode, when stopping for the night or for rest, the front wheel rises together with the steering gear, and the rear motor-wheels are folded.

At dusk, with the backlights on, the Z-Triton looks very cozy.

If in the early morning you want to go fishing, or continue your journey, we go down to the water.

On the water we raise the wheels, install the propeller, a couple of side floats and go ahead — our house has turned into a boat!

The cab has all the necessary controls — a steering wheel in the shape of the letter «Z», switches for turn signals, lighting and ventilation, as well as a connector for connecting external devices for a voltage of 12 V and a temperature indicator.

The roof, which I have already mentioned, is sliding; for this, special handles are installed on it from the inside and outside.

The windshield has a wiper that is not electrically operated and is manually operated — this is done to lighten the weight and simplify the design.

The dimensions of the Z-Triton are 3.6 meters long, 1.2 meters wide and 1.55 meters high, with a total weight of about 100 kg. The power reserve on one battery charge, according to the official website, is within 40 km.

In the near future, it is planned to launch a crowdfunding company to supply the first 10 products in 2021. Moreover, three options are possible — as a finished assembled product, as a kit for self-assembly, and as a set of 3D models and drawings for manufacturing on our own equipment, using 3D printing technology.

The planned price of the finished product is quite frightening by Russian standards — from 7 to 9 thousand euros, or at the exchange rate at the time of this writing — from 570 to 740 thousand rubles.

I have no doubt that many of our craftsmen could repeat the product for a much smaller amount, or make it even more advanced — for example, so that this house can also fly!

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