Steyr Motors collaborated on the development of a naval diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system with Bitter GmbH and High Tech Drives GmbH in a two-year project which wrapped up in June 2007.
The hybrid drive to be deployed in the Frauscher boats supports all-electric propulsion up to a speed of 5 knots, and then switches to the combustion engine. The electric motor then boosts the combustion-powered propulsion for a quicker entry into planing, thereby lowering fuel consumption and improving response and dynamics.
The electric system also eliminates the need for separate generator units for other onboard equipment. The Steyr Electronic Control Centre (SCC) regulates the driver’s demands and provides convenient monitoring of all operating modes.
Details of the system will be released at Boot 08.