Fischer Panda UK has supplied a Bellmarine electric drive system for Elton Moss Boatbuilders new 70ft x 12ft Kingsley boat for silent and emissions-free cruising. The customised widebeam barge, which is installed with a complete power and propulsion system from Fischer Panda, showcases several special features. The vessel has a reverse layout, with master bedroom at the front of the boat, the galley towards the rear and the outside seating above the rear cabin, accessible from steps alongside the automatically collapsing wheelhouse. The Bellmarine DriveMaster Ultimate 20kW electric propulsion system is supported by a Fischer Panda PMS AGT 13000 48V DC generator, similar to the recent solution installed by Fischer Panda onboard Elton Mosss eco-boat Tulak. Chris Fower, sales and marketing director at Fischer Panda UK, said, After collaborating with Elton Moss previously on another electric drive installation, we were really pleased to supply the system for their new barge and look forward to working with them to introduce more electric-powered vessels on our waters in the future. These silent, environmentally friendly hybrid systems allow extremely low-cost cruising and are service free. They are now incredibly reliable and efficient following recent advances in technology, with prices becoming very competitive as demand increases. Electricity can provide all the power and manoeuvrability needed for cruising. Batteries are charged via an onboard charger when connected to shore power. The Fischer Panda electric propulsion systems dramatically reduce annual maintenance costs over standard petrol or diesel engines, and fuel consumption is also reduced. The new liquid-cooled range of DriveMaster Ultimate systems enable precise temperature management and improved efficiency. Developed to cope with the harsh maritime environment, all models include motor with integrated thrust bearing, mounting frames and smart controller for compact installations, and produce less noise and vibration and higher efficiency.
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