Published on November 7th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás0
Electrically Assisted Pedal Boat (VIDEO)
November 7th, 2011 by Jo Borrás
How about another fun clean transportation story to start the week? Gas2 has one on an electrically assisted pedal boat worth a look (got me excited):
Things you pedal have been getting a lot of play on Gas 2 in recent months – from big wheels racing big city buses to e-bikes coming from Mercedes, Ford, and Yamaha (as well as a few student design projects showing what the future of bicycle commuting might look like). Cars and motorcycles aren’t the only things that run on gasoline, though – boats do, too – but small fishing and boating enthusiasts typically turn towards a small outboard motor with questionable emissions controls. Questionable, that is, if there are any at all.
Option 2, of course, is paddle boats. I love paddle boats, but the same “cons” that apply to cycling also apply to paddle boats. This, of course, is why we have pedal-assisted electric bikes. Making the sort of “Why didn’t I think of that!?” brilliant move that I wish I had, a small boating company called BionX has developed an electric-assisted paddle boat that may be perfect for recreational fishers and wildlife photographers looking for a quieter way to slink around lakes and rivers.
It’s called the SeaScape 12, and the tiny electric/paddle hybrid can help boaters (paddlers?) hit nearly 5 knots (about 4 mph) courtesy of a 250 w electric motor that can be fully charged from a standard outlet (or from a trailer hitch equipped with a power inverter) in under 3 hours.
The BionX SeaScape 12 (and extended range SeaScape 24!) should be available any day now, just in time for the outdoor seasons in the Southern US states.