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Will Amphibious Cars Make a Comeback Because of Global Warming?

By    |   Sunday, 08 Mar 2015 06:59 AM

Amid concerns over cars and global warming, at least a couple manufacturers are working to produce commercially viable amphibious vehicles, or “water cars.” Still, none have actually succeeded in the marketplace.

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At a time when media attention has focused on global warming, rising sea levels and historic flooding of major cities, it would seem to make sense to focus a bit more on building cars “equipped to battle the wet stuff,” said automology.com. Theautochannel.com said, “We’re assured that global warming will result in glaciers melting and sea levels rising at a devastating rate. So what could be more forward-thinking than developing high-speed, road-worthy amphibious vehicles for use as taxi cabs in Manhattan, Miami, Los Angeles and Detroit – any coastal or waterfront city?”

Still, cartalk.com noted, “The enduring story of the water-going car is that none of them have actually succeeded in the marketplace.”

Cartalk said “legions” of people have tried to create and achieve commercial success selling vehicles that are viable means of transport on both land and water. “Most died without even making a splash, but at least one created a few waves,” it said. The website said the most successful water car has been the German-built Amphicar, for which 3,878 were produced between 1961 and 1978, with the vehicle being sold briefly in the U.S.

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Efforts continue to produce viable amphibious vehicles. WaterCar, a Southern California-based company that specializes in the manufacture of luxury amphibious vehicles, in 2013 released its first commercial vehicle, the Panther, according to Wikipedia. Automology reportedin November 2014 that First One Mile Mobility, a small Japanese company, planned as soon as late 2015 to create a vehicle that would be a capable town car most of the time but have the ability to float out of trouble when the need arises, with the company’s target market being urban Bangkok residents who live in flood-prone areas.

Cartalk.com said it was hard not to love the creativity that goes into the creation of car/boats. It concluded, “If I were an entrepreneur, I’d probably want to find another way to make my fortune, but I love the concept.”


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