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It should be obvious to even casual readers of TRANSLOGIC that electric cars are quickly gaining in popularity. Audi, BMW, Ford, Nissan and Tesla all have plug-ins on the market or coming soon.

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Amsterdam is a city of canals and those historic waterways are home to many boats. Many noisy, polluting boats. It could be, though, that by 2020 only electric craft will be allowed to ply these municipal waters, and one company is poised to take full advantage of this happy development.

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Mercedes-Benz hosted us in Miami a several weeks ago to get more acquainted with its latest cooperative adventure – a partnership with Cigarette Racing to build an all-electric racing boat. While we posted on the Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept after its worldwide introduction at the Miami Boat Show, its automotive-based technology is innovative enough to warrant a closer look.

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Take the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell, stretch it and take off the wheels then make it float and you've basically got the just-unveiled Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept. Powered by an all-electric powertrain that offers 2,200 horsepower and 2,213 pound-feet of torque (and uses "numerous components" taken from the not-quite-as-yellow SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive), the sleek concept is being called the "world's most powerful electric drive powerboat." What that means is a top speed of o

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Electric boats aren't exactly new. Sport fishing enthusiasts have long relied on electric trolling motors that are less likely to disturb the fish they're trying to catch and make it easy to maneuver in tight spaces. What EPIC has done with its 232se is taken the known benefits of electric power and applied them to a sport boat. The environmental impact of recreational boating may be minimal compared to automobiles, but recently the EPA has began to more heavily regulate watercraft as well. Abo

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Click above for a gallery of the Scout Boats 145 Hybrid

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Drive your electric SUV to the lake while towing a pontoon EV? We're getting closer to this image of a pure electron-driven traditional American summer weekend with a pair of new electric boat motors by SolidNav. The company has announced a new "green" line of motors, designed for sailboats and small watercraft. There are two motors in the line up: the Explorer (pictured) and the Traveler, both available now. The Explorer is as powerful as a 24hp diesel motor and is suited for vessels up to 30 f

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There's nothing quite like the sensation of shooting along a canal in a speed boat with no noisy engine to interfere with the sounds of the wind, water and wail of seagulls. That's what this video demonstrates (if you replace that wind, water and wail with Euro electro-pop) as we follow the Czeers MkI on its maiden voyage down a waterway somewhere in the Netherlands close to where it was built.

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Isn't this what we have all been waiting for? A commercially available plug-in electric? This one in particular is capable of operation for 2.5 hours and can dive up to 150 feet. Wait a minute... dive? Yes, this is a submersible vessel, or a submarine. Huh. Pretty cool, and of course, it is alternative transportation!

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