Luxury yachting gets greener with Frauscher Hybrid
To go green on the blue waters, the most ideal time tested option is to sail by the power winds. But unfortunately in today’s fast paced luxurious world, this doesn’t really suit most of us. So, Austrian boat manufacturer Frauscher has some good news for all the seekers of luxury yachts who don’t want to be impolite to their nature too. Previously also Frauscher has found place on our blog for techie Lido and ultra elegant 909 Benaco. This time they are collaborating with Austrian engine manufacturer Steyr Motors to unveil the world’s first luxury motor yacht with a hybrid engine. The environmentally friendly hybrid solution marks a new chapter in the history of pleasure boat propulsion. It not only assures zero emission and low speed maneuvering in harbors, noiseless drive on inland waters and nature reserves, but also eliminates the need for separate generator units for other on-board equipment.
Since pleasure and leisure sailing isn’t exactly the best thing for environment, isn’t this enough to be the finest option for a luxurious green cruising over the lakes, rivers and seas around the world? It features an electric motor-diesel engine hybrid system that can move a boat at up to 5 knots with several lead-acid batteries supplying the energy. Then, akin to the hybrid system in automobiles, the electric motor will provide a boost to the system for quick acceleration. With a turn of the key, the boat switches to diesel drive mode. At low speeds the boat reaches 38 knots maximum, the electric engine works in the same way as a starter engine. Although it just takes an hour to juice up the batteries completely, they keep getting recharged whenever the diesel engine is in work.
For just $150,000 you can sail on a 5.6 meter tall St. Tropez-style hybrid yacht and I’m sure you aren’t cribbing about the tag as we all know that anything hybrid is just a bit more costlier then the less eco-friendly one. Here you are shelling about $20,000 more than a traditional engine. Not at all bad to conserve our nature and that too, not at the cost of giving up certain passions and pleasures of life. After we also get to live once only!