Environmental impact has recently become one of the most important and valued topics of conversation in our society. Major initiatives are being taken to reduce our carbon imprint while still furthering the advancement of technology. One such sector undergoing a “green” revolution is the transportation industry.
From an automotive standpoint, electric cars including the Tesla Model S, Fisker Karma, Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf have led the electrification movement. The production and use of electric cars is a large step towards a sustainable-energy future, as they significantly reduce the amount of toxic emissions released into the atmosphere. Countless other manufacturers have also announced that they will soon be offering electric cars as well.
While the automotive industry is making substantial progress towards clean energy, the marine industry is very far behind. This is alarming because marine engines are significantly less efficient than automotive engines and therefore contri...
Environmental impact has recently become one of the most important and valued topics of conversation in our society. Major initiatives are being taken to reduce our carbon imprint while still furthering the advancement of technology. One such sector undergoing a “green” revolution is the transportation industry.
From an automotive standpoint, electric cars including the Tesla Model S, Fisker Karma, Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf have led the electrification movement. The production and use of electric cars is a large step towards a sustainable-energy future, as they significantly reduce the amount of toxic emissions released into the atmosphere. Countless other manufacturers have also announced that they will soon be offering electric cars as well.
While the automotive industry is making substantial progress towards clean energy, the marine industry is very far behind. This is alarming because marine engines are significantly less efficient than automotive engines and therefore contribute a large portion of global emissions. Despite being a major contributor of toxic emissions, the marine industry faces less stringent EPA regulations. For comparison, operating an outboard boat engine for one hour can release the same amount of emissions as driving a car for 800 miles.
The localized impact of marine emissions on waterways and ecosystems is yet another reason to be alarmed by the lack of electrification on water. Oil, air, and noise pollution from marine engines have caused a number of lakes and waterways to ban the usage of gas engines, limiting their accessibility. Given the stream of innovations that is following the wake of the automotive industry, one would expect these innovations to be adapted and used to support sustainable marine transportation.
Currently, there are only three companies that manufacture electric outboards that can be used for anything more than trolling, and two of these manufacturers are still using antiquated technology. This leaves a tremendous gap in an industry where innovation and research is necessary to bring the marine sector on board towards a sustainable-energy future.
We have set out to solve this problem by adapting new technology and incorporating it into the development of emission-free, electric outboard boat motors. We will offer a line of fully-electric outboard marine motors ranging from 5hp to 100hp. The main goal of our design is to build an outboard that is light, efficient, reliable, and safe.
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