Biking and boating have always intrigued me since my childhood. The interest proliferated with time as I started reading books like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and Moby-Dick covering aspects of a road trip and a water voyage. To add to my fad, were movies on a pirate’s life and about notorious motorcycle gangs.
I am obviously not inclining towards being a biker or a sailor, But I don’t mind owning a bike and a boat of my own. Had this idea struck my mind a couple of years back, I’d have shrugged it off, considering the price of both vehicles. But now when I have seen BeTriton 2.0, I may need to ponder a little. BeTriton 2.0 by Zeltin, a Latvian start-up is a bike, boat, and a camper in one. The unique concept made a lot of noise on the internet back in 2020 when it was in the prototype stage.
Two years later, the Latvian design studio has introduced BeTriton 2.0, a market-ready version available for 14,500 Euros ($15,990). So, what’s the fuss all about? Zeltini calls it a three-wheeled electric moped (L2e in Europe) and a small boat. It offers a range of 50+ km overland and 20+ km on water that too when continuously riding.
Firstly, there are very rare cases where we see a tricycle, boat, and camping trailer in one structure. Secondly, what better than a houseboat which converts into a tricycle and also sleeps a couple of people and even your pet. If you are still not on board with me, how about an off-grid living?
BeTriton 2.0 offers it all. The new model is slightly wider than its predecessor and has gone through some technical and design changes. The rear area is suspended a little to provide more space for accessories. Then there are is an adjustable seat, removable steering, hydraulic disc brakes, seven gears internal gear hub, and 1000W electric motor.
There is also a fold-up kitchen table for you to enjoy your meals whether riding on terrain or navigating waters. Additional features include integrated solar panels to take care of the lighting and power needs. In addition, there are USB charging ports, umbrella, and a planter pot to give a homely vibe to the houseboat trike.
Reflecting his views on the creation, CEO of BeTriton 2.0, Aigars Lauzis told Homecrux,
During my cycle travels from London to Tokyo one of the most challenging things was to find camping spots with no people. I wish I had BeTriton which would have allowed me to just go into a lake or river, put the anchor down and stay overnight in my own little ‘house’ where I could cook, watch a movie, write my diary, have a good night’s sleep and so on.
As a designer I’ve always tried to create something new, unique, extraordinary and BeTriton is a product that expresses my views on what design should be like, how the products should function, what is the added value and what should be the experience of using a unique product.
Measuring 3.6m long and 1.2 m wide, BeTriton 2.0 is an attractive and stylish camper from outside and also offers all the comfort as one would expect. Suited for adventures (unless you want to cross the pacific) and small trips, BeTriton 2.0 would be available soon in the European market.
Note: Both the company and the product rebranded its name from Z-Triton to BeTriton to remove the letter Z from the companies identity. The aforementioned was done in order to showcase their support to the Ukraine people and strongly condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine.