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Infinyte I4: A Purely Electric Catamaran Cruiser

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April 26th, 2011 - View Comments

Infinyte I4 While solar-power electric hybrid vehicles are a proven success story on the roads, the time is ripe for the appearance of solar-electric watercraft. Already a pontoon boat – Loon – is available in the market. It is solar-electric powered and can seat eight passengers. Now a smaller one – the purely electric run, Infinyte I4 – is the new kid in the block. Plans for a bigger boat solar-electric type are also on the anvil.

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Looks
With a similar looking bow and stern, the i4 boat does have a unique appearance, which as per claim is aiding and increasing the boat’s progress in the water. The boat is about 14 feet long and has twin 24 V motors. The motors are manufactured by Mercury Marine’s MotorGuide Division. The boat can be steered and controlled with a joystick. The boat weighs about 223 kg (710 lb).

Performance
The maximum speed it can achieve is 13 kph (8mph). It can run for approximately about 10 hours – which can vary with use and the kind of battery used. There is an onboard charger that can charge the battery at a pinch – say for running at home, but it can be otherwise charged from a traditional domestic 240 V outlet. There is a display panel to show battery status. It can execute a 360 degrees rotation and turn directions easily.

Advantages
Running on electric power makes for zero carbon emission unlike the gasoline-fed combustion-engined traditional watercrafts. With absolutely no exhaust fumes or oil spills/slicks filled wake, the boat is definitely a great improvement with its silent performance. And its light weight makes it easy for transportation by towing or carrying on top.

Cost factor
Infinyte Marine’s i4 is priced around US $12,999. The company is based at Canada and has dealerships in six countries. It’s website, Infinyte Marine offers all the needed information should you be interested in going for the cute little silent and smart-looking eco-friendly hybrid boat.

Future plans
There are plans afoot to create a bigger-size, speedier solar-electric boat called i8. It will have roofs for housing the integrated solar panels. It can go at a clipping rate of 32 kph (20 mph) and the battery will be supported by a biodiesel generator. It can seat some 10 travelers and will measure about 7.6 meters (25feet).

The future looks bright for solar-electric water transport vehicles. This will be a definite improvement with their low noise level and zero-carbon emissions. Tourism, boating and pleasure boating will welcome these hybrid watercraft with open arms.

What do you think?

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  • Aden

    Yes. But i wouldn’t use a boat with a petrol engine. Or a car. Or a motorbike. I’m serious, i NEVER have and NEVER will. I walk, cycle, or use public transport. I often wonder how many Americans there are like me…

  • Kevin

    Seems a bit pointless. If you want an environmentally friendly boat then why not just get one with sails, or even oars?

  • Catherine

    Something to consider if to respect the peace and quiet.. and the fish and our blue planet… when not everyone is a sport sail aficionado and could be great on ..”ravitaillement en vol “.. as we say in french… you know far at sea .. and a floating bar comes along .. great great idea..

  • Heidi

    I agree about sails and oars but this is a great alternative for something along these lines!

  • Aden

    You’re right Heidi, if you’ve just “gotta have a speedboat”, then this or something similar has to be it.

  • Heidi

    Indeed, haha.

  • Alex

    Of course I would ;)

  • Patricia

    Hell yeah! Now I’ve definitely got to win the lottery.

  • Tim

    Ya give me one, and I’ll float it around like “King of the Lake”. If you don’t give me one, I’ll be saving my fun money until I can afford one.

  • Tim

    Granted ya can’t ski behind it. But it sounds like you can sneak up on some fish, and enjoy a nice quite cruise on the lake.

  • Dorthe

    We have them i denmark. We rent one a day or two during the summer to go fishing with our kids. Great for fun and relaxing.

  • Andrew

    it’s like a modern sail boat, free energy. shame that the boat is not free also..

  • Tina

    would have been great, such ideas had been coming much earlier

  • Oscar Fleury

    With a roof disigned to minimize exposed surface, and a diesel engine, this boat is almost certainly sponsored by Big Oil in order to ridiculize photovoltaïcs.

  • Joseph

    cool, but only 8 mph

  • Onejoyfulartist

    Here in Maine we need boats to get to the islands. The larger model with the solar panels has more capacity, though does it have enough power to get across the bay? Just imagine how nice it would be to have a ferry style clean energy boat for all of the island commuters.

  • ken upton

    4 Onejoyfularist >>> While solar is Ok its not a lot of good when you have a few days of rain,snow and cloud . My suggestion is to have not only solar ,but a combination ecofrog kite vertical axis wind turbine ,charging and working around a aft mast. That could also carry at a square kite and a boom for for lifting light cargo etc . Look in Catalyst AYRS London ,they have some great working ideas . Or get us to tell you who can design it for your islands to be oil free.

  • Kevin

    One electric boat in the brisbane river is over 60 years old, and some blokes are working on electric speedboats, nothing new – just modernized. We have electric bicycles, motor bikes, cars boats, etc but no real investment into their development, sadly there won’t be until its to late – the worlds fastest drag car is electric and a daily driven street car.

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