Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The First Luxury Hybrid? Well…

The small Austrian boatbuilder Frausher just launched what it claims to be the first true hybrid motoryacht. Frausher worked in conjunction with Steyr Motors to create a marine-grade, diesel-electric hybrid. The boat is a little over 18-feet LOA. Although the builder claims the vessel is capable of speeds around 38 knots, this is mostly under diesel power. The electric component powers the vessel—with “zero emissions”—for speeds below 5 knots. When you switch on the engine, the electric system acts as a “boost” for the diesel engine, but how much extra oomph it gives and what savings it makes to actual fuel consumption is not stated. For more on the story, click here.

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