Steyr and Frauscher to launch hybrid propulsion system
The long standing collaboration between the Austrian companies Steyr Motors and Frauscher Bootswerft has now resulted in the commercial launch of the worldwide first serial Hybrid Propulsion System for pleasure boats at Boot Düsseldorf in January 2008. Significantly reduced maintenance cost and improved ease of service are arguments that Steyr Motors and Frauscher Boats are introducing a serious technological novelty.
80 years of boat building expertise
Frauscher's experience with electric and combustion engines as well as 80 years of boat building expertise, have been of significant value to Steyr Motors and the development process. Steyr Motors is well known for its low emission, light weight Marine diesel engines with electronic engine management. Steyr Motors perfects the handling with the Steyr Electronic Control Centre (SCC) that regulates the driver's demands and assures convenient monitoring of all operating modes.
"Zero emission" electric drive mode
The environmentally friendly hybrid solution marks a new chapter in the history of pleasure boat propulsion. It not only assures zero emission and low speed manoeuvring harbours, noiseless drive on inland waters and nature reserves, but also eliminates the need for separate generator units for other onboard equipment. The "zero emission" electric drive mode allows for a speed of 5 knots using solely electric propulsion and switches to the combustion engine with an easy turn of the ignition key.
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