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.


Computer illustration of Hornblower Hybrid cruise vessel now under construction in Bridgeport, CT.

The new 1,400-horsepower Hornblower Hybrid will run on a combination of energy generated by clean Tier 2 diesel engines, hydrogen fuel cells, solar panels and wind turbines.

Aqua Star AS2 can dive to 12m and travel as 3.1 mph.

Aqua Star's new AS2 has electric endurance of 2 hours and passenger oxygen capacity of 45 minutes.

Solar Cup competitor in 200 yard sprint.

Solar Cup competition initiated in 2002 and features student built small boats powered by solar energy.


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