Steyr has new hybrid propulsion partner

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Magneti Marelli and Steyr Motors announced a deal to develop new systems for marine hybrid propulsion systems.

“We are extremely pleased about this cooperation, because it will allow to combine most efficient design solutions in electric drives out of a fully industrialized production with our powertrain systems and light weight Diesel engines,” Steyr Motors CEO Rudolf Mandorfer said in a statement.

“Our aim is to offer this unique propulsion system for most competitive prices and in a very modular system with all our engines, 2-, 4- and 6-cylinder, from 25 to 225 kW. Our new-generation parallel Hybrid Drive System should find its way into everybody's boat,” he added.

Last week, Steyr Motors announced it had “redefined” its ongoing partnership with Mastervolt where the joint development of larger hybrid propulsion systems based on the GPX generator is concerned.

During the past year both companies have been working on a range of larger serial hybrid propulsion systems. In those, it is only the electric motor that drives the boat. The diesel engine effectively becomes an efficient generator set that serves as a range extender by charging the batteries for the electric motor.

“Both companies will continue to work together on various projects, amongst others in the EU-sponsored HyMar hybrid marine systems project; however, they have decided to take different strategic routes where the development and commercial introduction of GPX-based hybrid propulsion systems are concerned,” Steyr Motors said in a statement.


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