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What are Electric Watercraft?

An Electric Watercraft is a vessel powered primarily by an electric drive system. This can include fully battery-powered, hydrogen fuel cell-powered, or electric hybrid boats and ships. They range from tugboats, ferries, cargo ships, and barges to tour boats, fishing trawlers, cruising yachts, unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), and more.

Electric Watercraft

How Do They Work?

The electric watercraft battery stores energy, which is then converted into mechanical energy by the motor, drive train, and propeller. This mechanical energy pushes against the water, propelling the watercraft forward. Higher speeds or heavier loads demand more power, which is transferred from electrical to mechanical energy, all measured in Watts.

Advantages of Electric Watercraft

Electric boats are more diverse and complex than other electric vehicles because they face diverse conditions, yet the benefits they can provide consumers and the environment are huge.

  • Green Energy- One major reason for the advancement of Electric Boats is manufacturers’ dedication to reducing water pollution and protecting marine life.
  • Energy Efficient- Electric propulsion systems are more energy-efficient than traditional ones, reducing long-term operating costs.
  • Minimal Noise Pollution- Electric boats are quieter than traditional marine outboard engines, causing minimal disturbance to wildlife.
  • Lower Maintenance Costs- Electric boats need less maintenance than those with internal combustion engines. This is due to having fewer moving parts and no need for oil changes or air filters.

Charging for Electric Boats

Despite the common concerns regarding range anxiety with conventional electric vehicles, the advantageous aspect of electric maritime vehicles is their superior charging capabilities in comparison.

Leisure boats are used less often than cars and usually stay close to home which makes charging easier. Charging an electric boat is simple and clean compared to refuelling a gas boat, as you just plug it in at your dock, home, or marina.

Additionally, unlike conventional propulsion methods, there’s much more flexibility in terms of the time and place you can charge your boat. This is due to the increasing number of marinas that provide access to shore power.

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