First Harbor Tour Boat Gets Advanced Hybrid Drive
SAN PEDRO, CA - The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has authorized the Port of Los Angeles to purchase a hybrid propulsion system for its 40-passenger harbor tour boat. The project will make the 40-year-old Angelena II the first harbor craft in the world to be retrofitted with a dual-electric motor, ultra-low emission Hybrid Propulsion System. Under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $489,000 high-tech haul-out will be fully reimbursed through a U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant.
“Harbor vessel pollution is a common problem in ports nationwide,” said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. “But instead of waiting for someone else to find a solution, we’re going to re-power our vessel and demonstrate how this new technology can work for other ports and vessel operators. By cutting energy usage in half and reducing fuel costs and emissions by more than 95 percent, we believe that hybrid propulsion systems could make a lot of sense for commercial harbor vessels here and elsewhere.”
“The marine industry has been begging for the technology that would allow a hybrid breakthrough for boating,” added Jack McCoy, CEO of EnergyTech Marine Group. “The EnergyTech Marine lithium-ion-powered Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vessel system actually leapfrogs future automotive Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles. The reduction of energy consumption and emissions far exceeds any of the hybrid technologies currently offered for autos. The Angelena II conversion will be game-changing for marine powering installations worldwide.”
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