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.

Hybrid conference returns to Amsterdam

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ second International Hybrid Marine Propulsion Conference will be held Nov. 12 immediately before the Marine Equipment Trade Show at the Amsterdam RAI. Organizers say the conference is a must for anyone considering investing in hybrids, including boatbuilders, equipment suppliers, systems integrators, equipment, engine and propeller makers, designers and…more

Japanese yard builds hybrid car carrier

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. completed the first hybrid car carrier, the Emerald Ace, at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. Kobe shipyard in Tokyo. The ship, which can hold up to 6,400 standard passenger vehicles, was designed to generate zero emissions while berthed. It is equipped with a hybrid electric power system that combines a 160-kW…more

Go-Float unveils new 2012 electric models

Go-Float’s line of electric boats is expanding for the 2012 model year. The company’s sun lounger model, the SL1, has evolved into the new Impulse for 2012. Joining the Impulse are two other new models, the Ion and the Fusion. “Electric-powered vehicles continue to drive a lot of media coverage and consumer interest. These affordable…more

French builder debuts electric boat at Paris show

French boatbuilder Rhea Marine partnered with ReGen Nautic USA in the installation of an all-electric propulsion system currently on display at the Paris Boat Show. Designed and shipped by ReGen Nautic to Rhea Marine, the hybrid system was installed in Rhea’s 850 model and has been receiving tremendous interest from the public during the boat…more

Hybrid builder receives grant

Torch Hybrid Boat Co. was named a recipient of a Dare to Dream grant from The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. The company, which designs and builds boats with hybrid engines, received a $500 venture-shaping grant. Dare to Dream awarded funding…more

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Electric-boat builders tout recent sea trial

An international collaboration of marine and technology companies say their latest boat project, the fully electric 23 eFusion, topped 47 knots in recent sea trials. Goldfish Boat, founded in Norway, and Fort Lauderdale-based ReGen Nautic USA displayed the 23-foot vessel in August at the Norway Boat Show and last weekend at the Monaco Yacht Show.…more

Governing body hands out environmental award

The Union Internationale Motonautique, the world governing body for powerboating activities, announced that its 2010 Environmental Award winner is the Long Range 23 by Mochi Craft-Hybrid Propulsion with Zero Emission Mode from Ferretti Group-AYT Advanced Yacht Technology. The trophy will be presented Saturday at the annual UIM Awards Giving Gala at the Salle des Etoiles…more

Partnership to build hybrid powertrain for large boats

International Battery, a Pennsylvania-based designer and developer of large-format batteries and energy storage units, announced it is joining with Electric Marine Propulsion to build hybrid power units for big boats and yachts. The partnership with EMP, of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., will aim to build a hybrid powertrain for the world’s largest plug-in, hybrid-electric sailboat…more

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