Hybrid Propulsion

With advances such as diesel-electric inboards and electric and propane-powered outboards, the industry continues to improve the way it powers boats.

Common rail direct fuel injection helps make this Cummins diesel more efficient while enhancing its performance.

The race to green

Although alternative energy sources such as electric, solar, propane and natural gas continue to inch their way into the marine market, the advances in diesel and gasoline engines in the past five years already have boosted the environmentally friendly factor on the water.

Lehr LLC introduced its fifth propane-powered outboard motor. The Lehr 25 joins the 15-, 9.9-, 5-, and 2.5-hp motors.

Lehr debuts 25-hp propane outboard

Lehr LLC introduced its highest-horsepower propane-powered outboard ever — the Lehr 25, which joins a fleet that consists of 2.5-, 5-, 9.9- and 15-hp models.

Q&A with Elco Motor Yachts CEO Steve Lamando

Electric hybrid technology has become commonplace in the auto industry — each of the major manufacturers builds one. Toyota, with its popular Prius leading the way, now offers 15 hybrid models and sells about 6 million hybrids a year. Look around; hybrids are in every parking lot.


Connecticut aquarium set to launch electric boat

In August, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk in Connecticut will launch the Spirit of the Sound, a $2.7 million boat that will be the only research vessel in the country operating on hybrid electric propulsion.


VIDEO: Greenline 40 test drive is impressive

During the last 18 months, I have written several stories about the diesel/electric hybrid boats from Greenline Hybrid Yachts, a company based in Slovenia that has a growing presence in the States.

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