Elco Motor Yachts and Hunter Marine Introduce the First Totally Integrated, Eco-Friendly Electric Motor Propulsion System for Sailboats Up to 55 Feet

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New Hunter e36 HYBRID can be seen at the Festival De La Plaisance, Cannes (Stand QML 029 – QML 130)

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Sailboat propulsion has changed forever.

The new Hunter e36 HYBRID features the all-new Elco E Power hybrid system, featuring the new Elco EP4000 AC electric motor. The E Power system includes an integrated network of high performance recharging options with a range of over 800 nautical miles at five knots cruising speed at a cost of eight cents per nautical mile when under battery power only. The Hunter e36 HYBRID follows the introduction of the award-winning Elco electric-powered Hunter e27 sailboat.

The Elco EP-4000 AC electric motor meets or exceeds the duration and speed standards of traditional gas and diesel propulsion systems. It replaces a high cost system that regularly requires maintenance and subjects the user to the emissions of gas and diesel engines with a clean energy system that provides the flexibility of recharging the 12 volt batteries by shore power, solar panels, generator or a wind turbine. The selection of all the components installed in the Hunter e36 HYBRID was managed by Elco Motor Yachts to exceed current sailboat propulsion performance standards and duration capabilities.

The Hunter e36 HYBRID is fully equipped with the most advanced integrated components available as follows:

  •     Valance lithium iron magnesium phosphate marine 12-volt batteries
  •     Polar DC Marine 14 kw generator
  •     Super Wind 350 wind turbine
  •     Kyocera 135 Solar Panels

Warren Luhrs, Founder of Hunter Marine and a world class sailor says, “The Elco E Power hybrid system is a game changer. Sailboat propulsion has changed forever.” Hunter and Elco developed the boat as part of a shared commitment to green technology solutions and innovation that improves the overall sailing experience.

The Elco E Power hybrid system offers sailors more than just environmentally conscious cruising. The AC motor lowers engine operating and maintenance costs, eliminates the carbon monoxide and fumes present with traditional motors, runs cooler, quieter and weighs far less than gas or diesel engines. In addition, AC electric motors offer an advantage over DC models
due to the lack of brushes and moving parts, which require regular maintenance and can wear out. The EP4000 has only one moving part and is completely sealed, making it highly water resistant to guard against moisture damage or corrosion.

For repowering applications, all of Elco’s electric motor fits easily onto existing diesel engine motor mounts. The Elco system includes an easy-to-use full-color display panel option that reports to the helmsmen shaft RPMs, duration in real time hours and minutes remaining, current amp/hour consumption, battery charging status and motor diagnostics.

According to Steve Lamando, CEO of Elco, “ Hunter is a well known brand with a global reputation for customer-driven innovation. The Hunter team’s input into the development and integration of the E Power system has been invaluable. Also, Hunter’s manufacturing facility in Florida is close to many renewable energy firms serving the marine industry such as SALT (Sea, Air and Land Technology)”.

The Hunter e36 HYBRID is available in France from Azur Yachts. The boat will be at the Cannes International Boat and Yacht Show, Stand QML 029 – QML 130.

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