The Dasher uses two 40 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion batteries from BMW i3, which give the boat a 40-mile range when driven at its 10 mph cruising speed. The Dasher also gains a full charge in just under four hours with the use of the dual 50-amp charging.
BY ADAM QUANDT
Technological advances offer new levels of electric power
With a growing spotlight on the environment and the rapidly changing world of technology, electric power and propulsion are not taken as lightly as they once were in the marine industry.
Through the constant push on technology’s limits, electric motors are no longer simply small motors only capable of reaching unflattering speeds of 5 to 7 mph. While a large variety of electric motors on the market are still low-speed, many manufacturers are taking new technologies and pushing for higher speeds and longer range.
Last fall, Hinckley Yachts released the Dasher, powered by twin Torqeedo 80 horsepower electric motors, capable of reaching top speeds of 18-27 mph.
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