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Boating Industry: It’s Electric

Liz Keener, Managing Editor: January 1, 2014 

Quiet, zero-emissions electric boats and motors growing in popularity

There’s no doubt that electric transportation is permeating the country. Electric trains and hybrid buses now serve as alternatives to their gas- and diesel-driven mass transit counterparts, and it’s hard to take a road trip without seeing quite a few electric and hybrid cars on the way, so it’s no wonder that the technology has seeped into the boating market.

Electric boating serves two primary segments — the niche electric boat market consisting of boats that travel around 5 mph and the growing electric outboard market that has evolved to propel a variety of boats.

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