The NEW Amphibious Cars: Aquada & Humdinga
Electric cars when compared to amphibious cars, pale in comparison. I mean, electric is okay, but there is nothing like going from a terrain to a water car with a flip of a switch.
The first appeared in WW2, the VW Schwimmwagen. It could cruise on land and in water, the wheels became rudders and a propeller scooted it across rivers with not much problem. Other attempts have appeared since then, mostly in the 50's and 60's, but none really managed to capture the mass car audience because when in the water, they were slow. The most successful commercial amphibian, the Amphibcar, sold 3,878 between 1961-68. The Amphicar sold for between $2,800 and $3,300. It could reach 70 mph (113 kph) on the road and 7 mph (11 kph) on water.
Now, Gibbs Amphibians Inc., located in Auburn Hills, Michigan, may have the answer, the Aquada! On the road, it moves up to 100 mph, with a flick of the button, it goes amphibian and can rip across rivers at 30 mph. This is a vast improvement over previous attempts. The Aquada is still in pre-production with hundreds of millions of dollars invested. The car prototypes are made and work, but, it is the government regulations for water and land vehicles that are killing it, or, making it difficult. Sensors for airbags must be set at high levels for land cars, the problem is, when the car is in water, waves activate them too frequently. Coast Guard regs require a much lower operational temp for catalyst to control emissions than the EPA, which requires a higher temperature. The car will sell for nearly $300,000. It carries V6, 175 hp, 2.5 liter engine and is 3000 lbs.
The Humdinga is a high speed amphibious car that carries five people and moves at 40 mph on water and 80 mph on land. This should be available by December. On land, in 9.2 seconds, Humdinga can accelerate from 0-60kmph and on water it can reach the ‘plane’ in less than 10 seconds. It has a weight of 2000kg. It comes with all wheel independent, air suspension and runs on regular unleaded petrol. On the physical dimensions, the vehicle is 5400 mm in length, 2000 mm in width and 1850 mm in height.