Further Afield: New EVs for Air, Water and Farm

April 16th, 2019

Electric specialty use and fleet vehicles are growing; in recent weeks we’ve been treated to news stories of exciting EV applications beyond roadways. Here’s what we’ve seen:

Harbour Air’s Electric Seaplanes

Harbour Air is North America’s largest seaplane airline, and has partnered with MagniX of Washington state to convert its fleet to electric. Harbour Air has the potential to be the world’s first fully electric seaplane fleet. Read more here.

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Making Waves

Chevrolet has unveiled a fully electric pontoon boat called Forward Marine First. The boat uses technology based off of the Bolt EV, hence Inside EVs christening it, the Chevy Boat EV. Closer to home, Templar Marine of Kelowna has started production of their 26 foot electric boat. Based on the Cruiser 26, Templar will also be producing other pleasure craft, ambulatory, touring and light cargo vessels.

Meanwhile, back at the farm

California company Solectrac has two electric farm tractors coming to the Canadian market. In addition to all-electric drive-trains and exchangeable batteries, the tractors use linear actuators, which are 20 times more efficient than hydraulics and work without the use of toxic fluids.

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