Electric hybrid systems pollute much less than a traditional mechanical propulsion engine by blending power from both energy storage and generators to give the vessel operator a dual power source for greater vessel operational flexibility.

The clean, efficient electric propulsion and power systems of all-electric boats don’t pollute the air with carbon emissions and run too quietly to add to noise pollution. These systems also don’t pollute our rivers, streams, or lakes with spilled fuel or toxic residues. In addition, because electricity for shore power charging can be generated a number of different ways, including solar panels and other renewable sources, operators may choose to have greater independence by owning their power source.

Similarly, hydrogen fuel cells provide that same zero emissions performance, but use hydrogen as a fuel to extend the operating range of the vessel.

Although boats and ships have included electrical systems in their designs for over a century, those systems have largely been designed only to operate lighting and accessories. As a result, they have often been treated as more of an afterthought technology that was adapted to old-fashioned ICE maritime systems. The most advanced electric boats today, however, are built around next-generation electric drive systems that combine more potent modular power electronics with drive materials specifically designed to maximize efficiency of electric motors in maritime conditions. This has resulted in better performance on the water with a more efficient use of power and longer operational range.

These recent advances in electric boat propulsion systems – reinforced by transformative new battery technologies, sensor-optimized smart motors, and the global need to cut greenhouse gases – has resulted in a significant increase in worldwide demand for clean zero emissions maritime power options that can only be satisfied by more advanced battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric systems. While most electric boat power and propulsion systems developers are in the United States and Europe, there is demand for those systems in every country that has a shoreline or major inland waterway system, and increasing climate change events are only heightening that demand.

Related topics to explore

All-Electric Boats • Battery Electric Ships • Combined Charging Systems (CCS) • Electric Drive Systems • Electric Boat Association of America • Electric Boat Manufacturers USA • Electric Ferries • Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) • Fuel Cell Electric Yachts • High-Capacity Marine Batteries • Hybrid Electric Boat Drives • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Marine Engines • Hydrogen Fueling Stations • Maritime Charging Systems • Plug-In Electric Boats • Smart Charging • Solar Ships • Ultracapacitors • Zero Emissions Watercraft

 


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