Nautique showcases all-electric boat

ORLANDO, Fla. – Nautique recently debuted a high performance, 100 percent electric boat: the Ski Nautique E. Nautique partnered on the project with LTS Marine, a Canadian company that specializes in electric motors.

LTS Marine teamed up with Nautique during 2010 to test their electric system in a Ski Nautique. The Ski Nautique E contains two automotive electric motors. The electric motors connect through a transfer case to the propeller shaft of the boat.

The Ski Nautique E is equipped with state-of-the-art lithium ion batteries that are located to keep the center of gravity according to the boat performance. When fully charged, this is equivalent to eight gallons of gas accommodating up to four slalom skiers during a session and achieving speeds of nearly 40 mph.

“The Ski Nautique E is powerful and peppy getting up to speed,” Current Women’s World Champion Whitney McClintock said in a release. “It was a strong and smooth pull through the slalom course. While I was tricking, the only difference was the silence … It was nice to enjoy the sound of the water … So pure!”

Nautique calls the emissions free technology “extremely eco-friendly” and says it requires minimal maintenance.

“I am incredibly proud of our team and our partners, LTS, for making this boat a reality,” Nautique President/CEO Bill Yeargin said in the release. “The best part is that this is just a start, we look forward to working further with this boat and making more exciting announcements related to it in the near future.”

The Ski Nautique E project will be showcased at the Montreal Boat Show on Jan. 27-31 at the LTS Marine booth. The boat will also make appearances at Nautique events this season.

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