• Jul 24th 2011 at 5:43PM
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Epic Boats 232 Sport Electric – Click above to watch video after the jump

Last year, we showed you an all-electric wakeboard boat that Epic Boats was showing off at the time. Since then, it has evolved into the 232 Sport Electric (SE). Now, Translogic's Bradley Hasemeyer has experienced the production-prototype's awesomeness from both behind the wheel and behind the transom – at the end of a rope. Watching the footage, it is impossible for us not to feel more than a twinge of jealousy.

There's nothing like riding at speed across open water. Subtract the engine noise, gas fumes and potential hydrocarbon pollution and the righteousness of the experience is exponentially amplified. To make this dream-like state a reality, the 232SE uses a liquid-cooled, brushless DC motor paired to a dual counter-rotating Mercruiser prop powered by a 60-kWh bank of lithium phosphate Flux Power batteries. The result is 268 horses (200 kW) capable of 664 lb ft (900 Nm) of torque that can bring this beautiful 5,800-lb (2639-kg) ballasted beast up on plane quickly and top out at 40 miles per hour. A charge is said to last for one hour going all-out wakeboard crazy or eight hours cruising at a more sedate eight knots (9.2 mph).

Charging can take six hours on 220 volts, but they offer a Volkswagen TDI diesel/biodiesel generator that puts out 45 kilowatts and can bring charge times down to one hour. Price tag for the well-appointed 23' 2" water craft is a whistle-inspiring $150,000, but buyers can take comfort in a better boating experience and access to bodies of water where gas burners are banned, not to mention lower maintenance and fuel costs. To get an idea of just how epic this boat can be, hit the jump for video of Hasemeyer's excellent aquatic adventure.



[Source: Translogic / Epic Boats]



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      Dave Kruger
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or is there something a little suspect with the math in this article? A 200 kW motor should be able to suck a 60 kWh battery dry in about 18 minutes, not an hour, assuming you're running flat out. Which I suppose you're not going to be doing with a wakeboarder behind you, but still, slightly misleading. But more glaringly, a 45 kW generator is not going to be able to charge a 60 kWh battery in anything less than 80 minutes. This goes beyond optimisim, these times are just plain wrong.
        BipDBo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dave Kruger
        During wakeboarding, you only go around 20mph, so you're probably using around 50 hp maybe less.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Electrical Boats are perfect for making a wake if the batteries are in the back. Cool Boat!
      HVH20
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is an awesome boat, super fast acceleration for getting the rider out of the water and a size able wake to have some fun on. As far as the run-times go, its all about how you use it. The worst case scenario for "run time" is somebody hops in this thing, puts the hammer down and leaves it there. Speeding along at 40mph using all 200kW, following the math that would get you your 18 minutes of run time. Wake boarders usually ride around 24mph, it does not take 200kW to maintain that speed. I believe he was referring to 1 hour of actual riding without falling, which never happens and if it did, that would be one boring ride. 8 Hours of run time refers to just idling around since it hardly takes any power to go slow. Thats why they've had electric trolling motors for years. Now back to reality, between idling out to your favorite glassy water location, then getting up and riding, falling, returning back to pick them up, repeat several times or until the water is all chopped up, then idling back to dock. The actual run time to a wake boarding set is closer to 2-3 hours of being "on the water." Plenty of time for going out before/after work and getting tired. The 45kW fast charging generator is your own portable level 3 charging station in the event that you want to run this thing all day. Just come in at lunch time, hook it up, and come back in about an hour. I don't know of any level 3 chargers that will fast charge to 100%, thats a recipe for disaster. Most users will just pull up to their dock and plug into the 220vac shore power when they are done, just like charging your cell phone at night. Its a heck of a lot easier than carrying 50 gallons of fuel down there by hand. Run times will increase as energy density increases in battery chemistry. You could add another 20% in capacity but you would double the boat price.
      Nick
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate the exhaust fumes when I'm in a boat, especially since the motor is turned on sometimes a long time before heading out to sea.
      fairfireman21
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not just put the bio engine and generator in it. 1 hour of fun for 6 hours of bordom to one hour of fun to 1 hour of bordom, when I use our boat we are moving at a good clip tubing or skiing, and having fun on the water, not having fun waiting for it to charge. $150,000 would buy a nice boat and all the gas you can use in a lifetime, plus you could use your boat anywhere you can take it without having to use 2 trucks (1 for the boat, and 1 for the generator).
      oobflyer
      • 4 Years Ago
      Way cool - but I have to finish paying off my Tesla first.
      Nick From Montreal
      • 4 Years Ago
      Epic Boat is owned by Chris Anthony one of the Aptera co-founders who got the boot last year: http://www.aptera.com/team.php Happy to see that he is applying his knowledge/talent to a commercial product that people will be able to buy. Apera must have been hell for an inventor like him.
      Peter
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buy a used sailboat if you want to be green... then you don't hear the noise of the VW generator or have to wonder where the electricity came from
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Peter
        I think the benefit is for the skier or wakeboard rider so they are not riding behind a wall of smoke and noise. It's so quiet the rider can talk with the driver of the boat easily. A different and much more enjoyable experience for the family :-)
          BipDBo
          • 4 Years Ago
          Then get a kiteboard. No noise, no fumes and much bigger air.
      Rotation
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know electric motors are efficient, but boats use a lot of energy just to move. I don't really see how this thing is going to go an hour of wakeboarding on less than 2 gallons of gas energy. Looks like a really nice boat though. It'd be good for a lot of uses. I just don't know if I'd buy it. The presence of (reasonably) high amperage shore power sure solves a lot of the recharging issues.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do a jet ski next.
        Ryan
        • 4 Years Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Someone already has. http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/05/electric-jet-ski/
      Charles
      • 4 Years Ago
      Although I would prefer run time of a little over an hour for the sake of usability, this is a fantastic idea. There are many lakes throughout the US and Canada that ban the use of combustion engines, so this really seems like a win-win scenario.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      pretty cool. not sure the stated run times are entirely honest but it's probably quite usable.
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