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Friday, January 30, 2015

Watch This Rickshaw Go From Land to Water and Back Again


This is the Salamander, and it’s a rickshaw designed to function on both land and in the water. The vehicle was designed by Atoy Llave who does all sorts of aftermarket body kits and is very popular in the Philippines, where this rickshaw came to life.

The Salamander is powered by your choice of either a a 5kW electric engine or a 250cc gasoline motor which is used to move the rear wheels when the vehicle is on land, or a little propeller when it’s in the water. This prototype is made of molded fiberglass and is completely watertight so no adjustments need to be made before it can go for a swim.

Salamander in Water
According to Top Gear Philippines, part of the reason that Llave developed the vehicle is that he wants to do some good for the people of his country. Flooding is a common occurrence, and he sees this as a way to help people who might otherwise be stranded when the waters rise.
The 6-person Salamander is still just a prototype and Llave is hoping to get additional funding to put it into production soon. It will be a challenge for him to get the money he needs, but Llave is committed to seeing it through and expects the Salamander to retail for about $6.345 when it’s ready to sell.