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Elco Motor Yachts works with New York on canal project

Elco Motor Yachts announced a project with the New York State Canal Corp., the organization that oversees and maintains the extensive New York State Canal System.

Two Elco EP-10000 motors, which each generate roughly the same power as a 100-hp diesel engine, will be installed in a Canal Corp. workboat to compare the system’s performance with the baseline diesel engine. The project was made possible by funding jointly provided by two New York state organizations.

“Our partnership with Elco Motors will enable us to examine how we can better integrate eco-friendly technology into our canal boats,” Canal Corp. director Brian Stratton said in a statement. “Incorporating environmental stewardship into all projects is a strategic goal of the Canal Corp., and with the decades of service that we must leverage from our fleet, the longer life and maintenance cycle of these motors is something we are excited about.”

The announcement comes amid a global focus on reducing emissions and utilizing sustainable energy sources. The European Union’s harbors project concentrates on three objectives, which include increasing the use of renewable energy in harbor cities and increasing the use of electric transportation. Many European harbor cities are working to achieve these goals in innovative ways. For instance, Amsterdam has been incentivizing electric boating by creating a recharging infrastructure for pleasure boats and by discounting electric boats’ mooring fees by 50 percent.

States such as New York are providing funding to explore alternative energy and eco-friendly transportation options. Nationally, the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act makes federal and state grants available for lowering diesel emissions and pollution. A wide variety of vehicles and machines, including marine engines, are eligible for the grants.

Although very few of these grants have gone to marine applications, Elco CEO Steve Lamando believes the EP-10000 will change this.

“Up until the EP-10000 there were no electric motors for boats that require 75 to 125 horsepower,” Lamando said in a statement. “Now they have a viable electric power source that can handle a heavy workload while keeping the air and water clean.”

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