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.