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The first commercially available amphibious vehicle capable of decent speeds–45 miles per hour on both land and water–is expected to go on sale in the U.S. by the end of this year. At $40,000 a pop, the Quadski is an expensive ATV (most go for less than $10,000), and it’s even expensive next to both an all-terrain vehicle and a personal watercraft (which retail somewhat more expensively than ATVs, but not by that much). But its amphibious nature is pretty dazzling: just drive into the water, push a button, the wheels retract upward, and five seconds later you’re cruising. The Quadski’s maker, Michigan-based Gibbs Sports Amphibians, hopes to sell 1,000 of them next year.

Washington Post

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