The one-of-a-kind amphibious camper-trike revolutionizing sustainable outdoor travel is finally in production. When we first covered BeTRITON (back when it was Z-Triton) in 2020, the company had just revealed the prototype that went viral on social media and news outlets worldwide. Since then, its engineers have worked out all the kinks to produce the market-ready BeTrition Amphibious Camper-Trike.
Aigars Lauzis is the creative mind behind the BeTRITON. The idea came to him on his bicycle journey from London to Tokyo, where he found himself wishing for a multifunctional bike that could cross lakes, climb hills, and replace the need for a tent. Lauzis took action and, while still on his journey, created the first mockup of the amphibious camper-trike.
At the end of his trip, he went home and got to work.
New and improved BeTRITON
The widespread interest in the prototype that put the camper-trike on the map validated its concept, but it wasn’t ready for the market. With a top-tier team and four angel investors, the company went back to the drawing board and reimagined what was possible. The result: a sustainably powered amphibious camper-trike that is simple to use, easy to ride, and, above all, safe.
The BeTRITON is an e-bike, e-boat, and mini-camper that uses a solar panel to generate additional energy. Besides creating something novel and functional, the company wanted to build something sustainable. Unlike campervans, dirt bikes, and motorboats, the BeTRITON doesn’t emit harmful toxins into the air or water.
To make the concept a reality, the company needed to design a product that would be sturdy enough for the outdoors but light enough to be lugged up steep hills. Fiberglass was the obvious choice to meet those needs.
When using the BeTRITON as a tricycle, an electric motor will be available to help riders climb precipitous roads. There will be seven gears, a full motor display on the center of the handlebars, and two USB charging ports. Anyone riding the amphibious camper-trike will have an efficient, sustainable machine ready to take on any scenario.
Ride the trike into a body of water, lift the front wheel, convert the side wheels into stabilizers, pull down the rudder, and suddenly the e-bike turns into a compact e-boat. On a full charge, it can travel over 20 km (12.43 miles) on water. Inside, a small cockpit contains the same controls and functions as a traditional boat.
When the rider is ready to call it a night, two people have enough room to comfortably sleep. Luggage can be stored in designated compartments, making it the perfect travel companion.
On the roof of the BeTRITION, there is a solar panel that will help generate power for the entire product. However, the reality is that people can’t rely on one panel for a full charge, so riders can charge it with an electrical hookup – there are even rowing paddles in case someone loses energy on the water.
Price and delivery date
The amphibious camper-trike is available for preorder in two different options. People can choose between purchasing a ready-made BeTRITION or a build-it-yourself BeTRITION (DIY Kit) that will be more affordable. Preorders cost €100 (US$102) and €50 ($US51), respectively.
As of now, the official prices are €14,500 (US$14,877) for the ready-made option and €4,500 (US$4,617) for the DIY Kit. Deliveries will begin in Europe by the end of 2022 and expand to other countries in 2023.