Aptera design team brings same philosophy to solar-powered boat
Due to the core composite construction, its twin hulls are practically puncture-proof and are now integrated into the deck, giving it unbeatable rigidity, yet keeping the weight low. The solar panel-bearing SunRise™ roof system is made of the same material and can lower itself down to the top of the rails to create a convenient compact package when it's time to put the boat on a trailer. The 22-foot craft will feature a flexible activity area with innovative storage spaces and can come with side panels made from a variety of eco-materials including bamboo, natural fibers and recycled plastic. All this and we haven't even touched on one of its coolest features yet. Hit the jump to see what that is and get some technical details.
One of the things we really like about the Loon is its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability. Once its AGM batteries have been replenished, the power generated by the 1000W solar panels could be fed back into the grid, displacing carbon while sitting idle dockside or parked next to your house. All this and no fuel leakage worries.
Performance-wise, the Loon seems capable of fulfilling most peoples inland waterway boating needs. While we don't have exact range figures, we estimate the new design could travel about 35 miles a day with a top speed in the neighborhood of 7 knots. Placed inboard, 3 feet forward of the aft deck to allow swimmers to easily re-board, the electric motor has a manatee-friendly shroud around the propeller that increases efficiency and thrust. Production is said to begin this summer at the Buffalo, New York factory that the company is currently setting up. We look forward to bringing you footage of the Loon in action shortly after it hits the water.
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