Salamander Amphibious Concept Motorized Trike Treks Over Land & Sea

The innovative Salamander Concept trike from Philippines-based H2O Technologies was designed for regions subject to frequent flooding... the Philippines, for example. Two three-wheeled prototypes powered by gasoline and electricity respectively demonstrate the company's technology while retail sales could begin as early as 2016.

The Salamander, a pioneering amphibious trike, is the product of five years of development by privately-owned H2O Technologies, Inc. While the company's vision revolves around eco-friendly vehicles, the Salamander was built to reflect current conditions in the Philippines and other developing nations where EV infrastructure is extremely limited in scope.

H2O Technologies' Chief Engineer Lamberto Armada decided that two versions of the Salamander Concept  were essential to winning over buyers. The gasoline-powered version features a 250cc internal combustion engine while the electric model runs on a 5-kilowatt electric motor with an onboard battery. Both models feature LED projector headlights and taillights, a digital speedometer, and solar-powered USB charging ports.

While generally based on the “Tuk-Tuk” trikes that are so popular in Southeast Asia, the Salamander sports a double-hulled body made from ABS plastic that's tough enough to absorb damage while retaining both buoyancy and stability in marine mode.

The vehicle can carry up to five passengers plus a driver/operator on land and up to three passengers plus the driver/operator over water. Simply pulling a lever switches the driveline from terrestrial to marine and back. The two concepts have been clocked at speeds of up to 80 km/h (50 mph) on land and up to 6 knots in the water. Check out this video from of the Salamander Concept in action. 

“When you look at what the country needs in order to begin resuscitating and rebuilding the drainage and infrastructure (after flooding),” stated David Ong, Chairman of the Board for H2O Technologies, “the country needs a way to continue operating. That's why the Salamander provides the perfect alternative which will work today but also work tomorrow when the infrastructure issues have been resolved.” (via Practical Motoring and, images via TopGear Philippines)