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Magneti Marelli and Steyr Motors partner on marine parallel hybrid propulsion systems

Magneti Marelli and Steyr Motors are partnering to develop a new generation of marine parallel hybrid propulsion systems.

Magneti Marelli produces permanent magnet electric motors, inverters and car electronics. Steyr Motors produces a range of marine diesel engines and introduced a parallel hybrid drive system in 2008. Under the new partnership, Magneti Marelli will develop and produce a new permanent magnet motor/generator together with the power electronics for a next-generation parallel hybrid system for marine applications.

We are extremely pleased about this co-operation, because it will allow to combine most efficient design solutions in electric drives out of a fully industrialized production with our powertrain systems and light weight Diesel engines. Our aim is to offer this unique propulsion system for most competitive prices and in a very modular system with all our engines 2-, 4- and 6-cylinder from 25 to 225 kW. Our “new generation” parallel Hybrid Drive System should find its way into everybody's boat.

—Steyr Motors CEO Rudolf Mandorfer

Last week, Steyr Motors announced it had “redefined” its ongoing partnership with Mastervolt where the joint development of larger hybrid propulsion systems based on the GPX generator is concerned. (Earlier post.) During the past year both companies have been working on a range of larger serial hybrid propulsion systems.

Both companies will continue to work together on various projects, including in the EU-sponsored HyMar hybrid marine systems project; however, they have decided to take different strategic routes where the development and commercial introduction of GPX-based hybrid propulsion systems are concerned, Steyr Motors said.

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