Electric propulsion systems manufacturer Torqeedo is providing the power for a fleet of 43 custom passenger boats for San Antonio.
Built by Lake Assault Boats, each new vessel has a Torqeedo electric propulsion system with a Cruise 10.0 electric outboard engine and 16 Power 26-104 lithium batteries. The system is designed for automatic recharging and has a built-in shorepower connection.
The boats, which were deployed in October, are used to ferry passengers along the San Antonio River Walk, a popular tourist area.
“Sustainability and care for the environment were a top priority for the new fleet,” John Jacks, San Antonio center city development and operations director, said in a statement. “These new boats give passengers a unique experience, cruising smoothly and quietly through the San Antonio River, consuming no fuel and keeping our air clean.”
The Torqeedo Cruise 10.0 outboard provides 12 kW peak output and 10 kW continuous output, which Torqeedo said is the equivalent of a 20-hp combustion engine. The propulsion system includes remote throttle and steering connections and an onboard computer with GPS-based range calculation.
The barge operators said the boats cruise at 4.6 mph and can run as long as 12 hours without recharging. They seat 40 people and have five rail patterns. They can be configured to support roles for tours, dining, water taxis, entertaining and special events.