How is the bicycle that can navigate and be a motor home


Aigars Lauzis, Lotus inventor of the Z-Triton, with his son Valters and his dog Kobe, with the first prototype of this particular bicycle that is a boat and a motor home

It’s not a bicycle, it’s not a boat, and it’s not a motor home, or at any rate it’s all together in one body. Is named Z Triton 2.0and most of those who saw it, did not get expressions of surprise for having nice lines, but rather the opposite.

Its first appearance was in 2020, when the pandemic was hitting the world and people were looking for ways to move independently.without much contact with others. And just as it was the moment when the most luxury yachts were sold in recent years, because the tycoons took refuge in their vacation with health insurance they could pay, too other ideas appeared that allowed people to move and take their rest in greater contact with nature and not so much with other tourists, at a lower cost.

In just 15 minutes, the bike becomes a boat by rotating its three wheels and attaching two side inflatables, a rudder and a small 1,200W electric motor
In just 15 minutes, the bike becomes a boat by rotating its three wheels and attaching two side inflatables, a rudder and a small 1,200W electric motor

But the idea was inside the head of its creator, a Latvian from Valmiera named Aigars Lauzis, who made an extensive trip between London and Tokyo, covering more than 30,000 km by bicycle, a lot before covid-19 made its appearance and change the world forever.

At that time, his idea was to offer adventurers who do this type of trip like yours, or like so many others that unite Alaska with Ushuaia or are launched to complete the silk road in China, a vehicle that would allow carry the load they need, and not have to pitch and tear down a tentIn addition to keeping your belongings dry on a series of bad weather days, you take them on your outings.

The third version of the Z-Triton is a mobile home for two adults, who can comfortably inhabit it as a tent, and with several places to store objects, all sheltered from the hostile climate
The third version of the Z-Triton is a mobile home for two adults, who can comfortably inhabit it as a tent, and with several places to store objects, all sheltered from the hostile climate

This is how the first prototype was born and now, almost two years later, the second version of this particular multipurpose vehicle has arrived, the Z Triton 2.0, with a slightly better distribution of spaces, especially the interiors, which admit two adults sitting or lying down in their mobile home version.

Its dimensions explain it. Have 3.9 m long, 1.45 meters wide and 1.72 meters high. Its structure is built with a steel frame and its skin is fiberglass with polyester made from recycled plastic bottles and 3D printed sections made of bioplastic.

By simply placing a small removable table, the interior of the Z-Triton becomes a space to eat, both on land and in the water
By simply placing a small removable table, the interior of the Z-Triton becomes a space to eat, both on land and in the water

The bicycle called “trike” instead of “bike” because it has three wheelsis assisted by a electric motor that is charged by the driver’s pedalingbut it does not require effort, only pedaling to generate electrical energywhich will be the one that relieves the weight of the Z-Triton particularly on climbs. The cyclist also has a adjustable seat, rear suspension and hydraulic disc brake, to make the trip more comfortable.

In its boat mode it is activated manually with a couple of simple operations, such as fold the rear wheels horizontally and use them as a support for the inflatable surfaces, while the front wheel becomes the rear, since in this mode, the Z-Triton changes its direction of circulation, and what was the tail of the bicycle becomes the stern of the ship. Once the sides are inflated and the wheels are raised, a small electric motor is lowered to act as a propeller in the water via a propelleralso small.

The electric motor of the bicycle allows it to assist the driver for about 50km on land or 20km on the water.  Pedaling is only necessary to partially recharge the two lithium-ion batteries
The electric motor of the bicycle allows it to assist the driver for about 50km on land or 20km on the water. Pedaling is only necessary to partially recharge the two lithium-ion batteries

The mobile home version is the simplest, in addition to having space for accommodate two adults lying or sitting, the Z-Triton has room for luggagea small folding dining table, a Bluetooth radio, USB charging ports and a GPS system.

The autonomy of bicycle mode allows you to traverse 50 km while in the waternot having the assistance of human pedaling, the battery reaches to do about 20 km. The way to continue walking once the power is finished, is by plugging it in or pedaling, but the 200 kg of total weight, They make you think that it would be a very big effort for someone who is doing a trip of many days on the road.

Its price, the latest data, is 14,500 euros, and the curious thing about the case is that before manufacturing version 2.0, its creator had already received orders and investments, which allowed the company to start operations earlier than expected.

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