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Hybrid boat emerges for carbon-free cruising

The Greenline 33 Hybrid is the world’s first production hybrid (diesel-electric) and solar powered boat. Designed by Seaway, its causing a new wave of emissions-free boating in Europe.  A super-displacement hull allows it to move at higher speeds with less energy while operating on its hybrid system.  With the flip of a switch, it moves between electric and diesel drive. Cruising slow at speeds of 4-5 knots, the Greenline can drive in electric mode for 20 miles on a 240 Ah 7 kW lithium battery.  A this speed, the solar roof can produce the same amount of energy that the boat consumes, we now have perpetual boating.

Top speed is set at 10 knots, it utilizes a VW Marine TDI 75-4 diesel engine, which also allows the generator to charge up the batteries. The solar roof, equipped with 6 standard photovoltaic solar panels protected by a 3.2 mm glass shield, provides electricity for driving and to power appliances inside the boat.  With a day of sunlight, the panels can produce up to 2 kW of electric power and recharge the batteries to 80%.

A comparison of fuel consumption by Seaway Group Slovenia (makers of the new boat) show that the Greenline 33 is on par with a 33 foot sailboats for the amount of litres of petrol and CO2 emission in kg used per boating season.

This $300,000 USD hybrid is completely emission-free when in electric mode, and will burn on average 4 times less fossil fuels per nautical mile than comparable planing hulls. Next time you cruise into a marina’s port, with the Greenline 33 you’ll be coming in without smoke, noise, and wake. Something no other powerboat can claim.

About Nikki Heeren

I'm a Kindle-carrying nerd with a love of technology, mobile, gadgets, automobiles and green tech! I have a master's degree in education and have experience teaching about one of nature's greatest technology- worm composting. I love all animals, not just worms, and believe their energy effects us all in ways we cannot comprehend.

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