There are many reasons to choose electric or hybrid propulsion for your boat: an electric boat motor is whisper quiet and there are no exhaust fumes and no pollution to the air or waterways. Electric boat motors are light and compact and give great freedom in the layout of the boat. Electric boat motors have very low running costs; after a day boating the batteries can be recharged for less than a dollar or recharged with renewable energy such as solar or wind energy. Electric boat motors have few moving parts and are very reliable and virtually maintenance free. An electric boat engine delivers powerful torque and can deliver full power instantly with no need for warming up. Generally electric propulsion is most suitable for displacement style craft such as yachts or classic boats. In such vessels, as a rule of thumb, 1kW of electric power gives the performance equivalent of 3HP diesel/petrol power. In other words, a 4kW electric motor will replace a 12HP diesel inboard. In terms of speed an electric boat will be most efficient when driven at approx. 60% to 70% of the boats theoretical hull speed. For most small-medium craft this equates to a cruising speed of between 4 to 6 knots. In terms of running time it is feasible to expect up to 8 hours of running time with a full electric set-up or longer cruising times with a solar or hybrid set-up. Please contact us to discuss the specifics of your boat.
Eco Boats Australia is the leading supplier of Torqeedo electric motors and Bellmarine electric motors. We supply electric and hybrid drive systems to both commercial and private boat builders and owners for newly built vessels or retro-fitting. All electric boat motors come as complete ‘plug & play’ packages comprising of an electric motor, controller, throttle, display and connection cables. Eco Boats can also advise on a suitable battery bank and charger for your application.
Contact us for a tailored advice on an electric boat motor that matches your vessel and performance expectations.
Please note that Eco Boats Australia does not carry out installations. A list of professional installers around the country is available upon request.
Torqeedo Outboard Motors
Torqeedo electric drive systems are made in Germany. The emphasis is on outboard and pod motors but the range also includes saildrives and inboards. Torqeedo is the world leader in electric outboards, is represented in more than 40 countries and was established in 2004.
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Bellmarine Inboard Motors
Bellmarine drive systems are made in Holland. The emphasis is on high-thrust inboard systems for displacement vessels but the range also includes saildrives and outboards for commercial use. Bellmarine’s history goes back over 20 years and with more than 2.500 successful installations on the water worldwide it is the undisputed world leader of inboard electric propulsion systems.
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