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PHOTO CAPTION: Epic Boats 232SE runs on 60kWh lithium battery pack.

Electric Boat Powerboat Benefits from Kettering Alum Expertise

The Epic Boats 232SE powered by 360V battery pack, proving that water and electricity can mix.

Published: 08-Nov-2011

T, Michigan — Sometimes in dress clothes, sometimes in wet suits, a team of engineers were often spotted at a sunny California beach, balancing laptops on a boat as they worked to design a first-of-its-kind water vehicle.

Unlike the other boats cruising along San Diego’s Carlsbad Lagoon, this group’s ride operated on a nearly 400-volt battery pack.

And after more than two years of research, the group of engineers at California-based Flux Power — that includes 2009 Kettering University alum Alex Smith — helped develop the world’s first all electric sport boat expected to be on the market in coming months.

“I feel like it’s the right direction to go and the future of motorsports,” Harris, 25, said of the electric trend. “In the boating industry, there haven’t been many regulations as far as emissions until recently but boats can pollute water pretty significantly.

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