Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Brent Co, Christian Halili | posted January 22, 2015 14:12
Three-wheeled concept runs on land as well as on water
Last night at the Capitol Commons Center in Pasig City, H20 Technologies, Inc. launched an innovative concept vehicle designed to meet a unique local need to be able to run on land and on water.
Dubbed as the Salamander Concept, the vehicle is designed around the need for a 5-passenger motorized tricycle with amphibious capabilities. The vehicle itself was designed by Atoy Llave and features a tricycle tub with a sturdy hull that is able maintain bouyancy and stability for traversing water; a common occurrence in flood-prone areas.
“The Salamander will carry a total of five passengers excluding the driver on both land and in water. Therefore, in a Barangay which may simply be waiting for floodwaters to subside, the Salamander would be perfect to allow workers to get back to their normal modes of transportation and make their way back to work,” said David Ong, Chairman of H2O Technologies in a press release.
H2O Technologies states that the Salamander concept can reach speeds on land of up to 80 km/h and up to 6 knots (11 km/h) on water using a marine-grade propeller. The designers also state that the Salamander can seamlessly switch from land to water propulsion using their own technology. Moreover, H20 Technologies debuted two versions of the Salamander; one running on a 250cc motorcycle engine and another that runs on electric propulsion.
“Years from now there will be charging stations situated throughout the urban areas but right now, people will have to resort to other methods instead,” said Lamberto Armada, the Chief Engineer at H2O Technologies. “That’s why we created the fuel based version as well to ensure that we were able to bring our innovation to the people who need it today.”
Currently the Salamander is still in its early phases and H2O Technologies, Inc. is pursuing funding to bring it to full production.
What do you think of the Salamander concept? Could the Philippines develop and manufacture its very own version of a “Schwimmwagen”?