05 Apr '14, 4pm

It's a car! It's a boat! It's an electric-powered vehicle that bobs on the water!

It's a car! It's a boat! It's an electric-powered vehicle that bobs on the water!

It’s a car! It’s a boat! It’s an electric-powered vehicle that bobs on the water like a jetski! The Japanese-developed Fomm Concept One uses a water jet generator to propel through water, and has a motorcycle-style handlebar to accelerate and brake. And get this: Its wheels are lightweight, buoyant, and they can operate like fins when in the water. Pretty neat, eh? Before you take the plunge and pack up the family for a picnic in the lake, remember that this amphicar isn’t meant just for fun. It was designed by a Japanese company to help rescue people from flooding and tsunamis and will only be sold in Thailand, followed by a larger rollout in Southeast Asia. The tiny, 1,000-pound car can only drive about 62 miles before it needs to be recharged, and can only handle one disaster at a time before it needs to be maintained again. The concept for the car was born after Fomm P...

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