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Powerful Electric Outboards
A new electric-powered boat motor made in Australia is powerful and fast enough to pull water skiers. The 13 kW electric outboard motor (20 hp) has been popular with boaters in Europe since Aquawatt started selling them in 2009. According to owner Dominic de Vries he currently ships the 20 hp motor to North America for about $10,000.
  His company recently started selling a 30 hp motor for $12,000 the world's most powerful electric outboard motor.
  "Anyone who can install a car battery can install this electric engine," de Vries says. "It comes with clear instructions and operates at under 50 volts (low voltage) so no electrician is required."
  At least four 12-volt batteries or a lithium battery pack power the engine. They can be charged by electricity from the grid, generator or solar, using a kit the company can supply.
  "The motor is fully maintenance free," de Vries says. "No brushes. No magnets. It's fully enclosed."
  The engine can be set up for tiller handler steering or remote steering. Fully charged, you can run the engine at average speeds for 1 to 2 hours. Range can be extended with more batteries or with the use of an on-board generator.
  With growing interest in the U.S., Aquawatt is considering adding a U.S. dealer. (Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrqqvDiNyYY&feature=related.)
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Aquawatt Australia, P.O. Box 651, Trinity Park QLD 4879 (www.aquawatt.com.au).

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4