The new Elco E-Power line, with an Electric Motor, consisting of six AC models and supported by a growing installer network, will give more sailors and boaters across the country a more affordable option
Louisville, KY (PRWEB) October 02, 2012
Elco Motor Yachts, a leader in electric propulsion systems, will announce its most powerful Electric Motor in the Elco EP series at the IBEX show this week. Available shortly, the Elco Motor Yachts EP-10000 will deliver all the benefits of the company’s Electric Motor for sail and power boats in a system that is comparable to a 100 hp diesel engine. In addition, Elco is announcing a Certified Installer Network supported by an updated motor sizing and pricing section on the company’s website, as well as the new E-Gauge VII full color cockpit display for all Elco “E-Power” electric motors. The expanded offering follows last year’s debut of both the award-winning Elco electric-powered Hunter e27 sailboat and the Hunter e36 Hybrid built by Marlow Hunter.
Elco EP electric motors, which operate with a variety of recharging accessories and components are being installed in sail and power boats worldwide. Professional boat builders are choosing Elco for the performance and dependability of its EP motors, as well as the company’s quick response service system. According to Channel Cutter Yachts builder and Elco customer Bryan Gittins of Ladysmith, BC, “The Elco motor just makes sense. I like the features, environmental benefits and the dependability. I’m not putting anything in one of my boats that isn’t going to perform.”
The e36 Hybrid is an example of a high performance vessel powered by an Electric Motor. Using the Elco EP-4000, it includes an integrated network of recharging options that provide you with a cruising range of 812 nautical miles at 5.0 knots using lithium iron batteries, a 14 kW generator with 50 gallons of fuel and solar panels and wind turbine. The Elco powered e36 Hybrid was recently featured at the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show and is now part of the SailTime fleet in Newport Beach. The boat cruised to Twin Harbor, Catalina Island almost every weekend this past summer.
An Elco powered e36 Hybrid is also in the SailTime Miami fleet. The boat is very popular with its members and is used regularly. “Elco has been innovating electric propulsion since 1893,” says Elco CEO Steve Lamando. “The new Elco E-Power line, consisting of six AC models and supported by a growing installer network, will give more sailors and boaters across the country an opportunity to weigh the benefits of a cleaner, more efficient and ultimately more affordable option.”
All Elco EP motors exceed up to tenfold the motor life duration standards of traditional gas and diesel propulsion systems and are rated to 50,000 hours. They replace high cost systems that regularly require maintenance and subject users to the emissions of gas and diesel engines. Elco provides a clean energy system with the option of recharging the batteries by shore power, solar panels, generator or a wind turbine. Elco E-Power systems offer sailors and boaters 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 and 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. Elco EP motors have only one moving part and are completely sealed, making them highly water resistant to guard against moisture damage or corrosion. For repowering applications, all of Elco’s EP motors fit easily onto existing diesel engine motor mounts. The Elco EP motor and accompanying components are fully integrated and turnkey and include an easy-to-use full-color display panel option, throttle, key switch, power boost button and other key components as shown on the company website.
Elco Motor Yachts provides the marine industry with environmentally friendly electric propulsion systems for sailboats and powerboats of up to 75 feet. The company matches its highly efficient AC electric motors with traditional and renewable energy sources to create integrated, turnkey auxiliary systems for new and repowered yachts. Elco motors are known for their safe, efficient operation, simplicity, reliability and ease of installation. Elco is a pioneer in electric propulsion, introducing the first electric motor at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.