The AquaWatt 848
The Austrians are renowned for their craftsmanship, this trait is clearly self-evident in the boats produced by the guys at AquaWatt. They have been producing very high quality electric boats for quite some time now but have yet to really gain a footing internationally, with watercraft like the AquaWatt 848 pictured above though their prominence in the fledgling electric boating industry is sure to continue to rise. The 848 is a remarkably good looking river/lake boat with twin electric motors producing 25 kilowatts each, you can expect to cruise at 6 knots for up to 8 hours before rejuicing the lithium polymer batteries, giving you a range of approximately 90 kilometers.The top speed is 16-20 knots depending on final configuration and the weight is kept to a minimum by using an epoxy based resin with both glass and carbon fiber. Fuel expenses for boats of this type with gasoline engines are notoriously high, switching to a purely electric drive system would mean a day out on the lake would cost a mere fraction of a similar boat with a V8 and is a reason in and of itself to go electric when you consider the pile of money that would be saved each year in fuel and engine maintenance costs. The 848 has a 2.3 meter wide sun lounging deck at the rear, a toilet and bed below decks and a full built in sound system this is a very good example of what can be achieved in the electric boat industry, check the AquaWatt website for more details.