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  1. #16

    Re: Let's have some science on electric outboards

    it just popped up on my news feed delivery starts in 2019

  2. #17

    Re: Let's have some science on electric outboards

    So you just need one of those GE Mr Fusions from Back to the Future to power it with Grinners...

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  3. #18
    Ausfish Gold Member
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    Re: Let's have some science on electric outboards

    Well, I don't know about diesel being the future of anything, at least in smaller capacities. You've been living under a rock if you missed the whole VW diesel emissions scandal, you know, the one where the emissions shot up when the motor was actually delivering the performance it was claimed to. And the European cities seriously considering banning diesel light vehicles from their centres due to pollution issues, the need for DPF's to keep emissions down to the new standards, and the issues around said DPF's when vehicles aren't run hard for long periods, ie, the average use such a vehicle gets, vs the use of them for long distance heavy haulage, where they are very efficient. Google BMW X5 DPF if you want some horror stories under average Australian suburban use. Feck, I could put a whole motor in the 4.2 patrol for the cost of replacing one of these things.
    Diesel is actually likely done for, in light vehicles. Mix of electric and high efficiency turbocharged petrol engines more likely, IMO.

  4. #19

    Re: Let's have some science on electric outboards

    Diesel electric maybe like we have in locos since the 50's. Slow constant revs charging batteries to power electric motor would probably be emission friendly. Of course you have the weight of the poweplant plus the battery bank...be over tow weight I would think. Not that this would stop people, as we know.

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  5. #20

    Re: Let's have some science on electric outboards

    Diesel is on the way out in Europe for cars in cities. Most countries will introduce new emission standards in 2020 that most manufacturers won't be able to meet. The VAG group (VW, Audi Skoda etc) are going to pull out of diesel by then. Mercedes say they will meet the new standards so will keep going. In other parts of the world diesel will keep on keeping on for some time yet. What does that mean for outboards... Emission standards in the largest market are generally a driver for change.

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