Mother Nature Network

Forget electric cars; it’s time for electric boats!

Lightweight, inexpensive battery packs are making electric propulsion practical, for everything from yachts and launches to pontoon boats. (Planes, too, but that’s another story.)

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — Who says it’s only cars that are going to be electric powered? Access to today’s highly efficient lithium-ion batteries means that a number of companies (including GE and Boeing) are avidly working on electric and hybrid airplanes. And that same factor explains the sudden interest in electric boats. One of the biggest and oldest names in the field, Elco (which provided electric boats for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893), is now back in action.

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