Worldwide First Serial Hybrid Propulsion System for Pleasure Boats

    GMUNDEN, Austria, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - The long standing collaboration between
the Austrian companies STEYR MOTORS ( and
Frauscher Bootswerft ( has now resulted in the
exciting commercial launch of the worldwide first serial Hybrid Propulsion
System for pleasure boats at "Boot Dusseldorf" in January 2008.
    Frauscher's extensive experience with electric and combustion engines as
well as 80 years of boat building expertise, have been of significant value to
STEYR MOTORS and the development process. STEYR MOTORS is well known for its
low emission, light weight Marine diesel engines with electronic 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 manoeuvring harbours, noiseless drive on inland waters and nature
reserves, but also eliminates the need for separate generator units for other
onboard equipment. The "zero emission" electric drive mode allows for a speed
of 5 knots using solely electric propulsion and switches to the combustion
engine with an easy turn of the ignition key. The ingenious propulsion then
gets "boosted" by the electric drive and secures a quicker acceleration into
the planning phase lowering fuel consumption and improving response and
    Significantly reduced maintenance cost and improved ease of service, due
to the brushless permanent magnet generator, are further irrevocable arguments
that STEYR MOTORS and Frauscher Boats are introducing a serious technological
    STEYR MOTORS perfects the handling with the Steyr Electronic Control
Centre (SCC) that regulates the driver's demands and assures convenient
monitoring of all operating modes.
    The unique configuration of the hybrid propulsion will immediately allow
Frauscher to seamlessly equip all of their stylish leisure boats with the
sustainable innovation.

For further information:

For further information: Frauscher Bootswerft, Susanne Schirl,, +43-7612-636-55-0

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