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.

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

Global Industrial Products debuts clean-energy unit

Global Industrial Products recently launched its new business division, Evergreen Drive Systems. “Evergreen is the direct response to the increased need for clean energy integrated drive systems and demand of on-site engineering support,” the company said in a statement. “Evergreen is a specialized solutions provider focused on electric vehicle components and drive systems used primarily…more

Hybrid-boat builder to work out of Louisiana plant

A new boat manufacturer is moving into the Caddo Manufacturing plant in Vivian, La. Epic Wake Boats has announced it will use the facility and the plant’s work force to produce its electric and hybrid boats. The company’s plans also include producing two recreational electric cars at the facility, The Shreveport Times newspaper reports. Epic…more

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