Saietta Group plc, specialists in high-tech advanced e-mobility propulsion, has announced the launch of Propel, its state-of-the-art marine propulsion division.
Propel is dedicated to designing, developing and commercialising a range of innovative electric motors to advance the electrification of the marine industry while supporting decarbonisation and delivering sustainable and clean mobility on waterways, while helping boat owners to meet increasingly stringent legislation. Premiering at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam on 16 November, Propel will showcase two highly innovative propulsion technologies – the Propel S1 and Propel D1 – which have been designed and developed from Saietta’s Axial Flux Technology (AFT) programs.
Propel’s first outboard motor, the Propel S1, can generate 10kW continuous output from a 48V battery. When mated to the in-house developed propeller, it can generate 3.75kW of propulsive power, equalling a 25hp internal combustion engine (ICE) in terms of acceleration and top speed. Computational fluid dynamics software was used during development to design a bespoke four-blade propeller with optimal balance between size and motor performance, making the most of Saietta’s industry-leading AFT 140 motor. Combining innovation and standout design, the Propel S1 is one of the most efficient electric outboards developed, with the highly capable AFT electric motor at its heart helping to realize an overall efficiency of up to 62%.
Unlike the leading competitors, the S1 has a distinct advantage in that the motor and all electronics are housed above the water line.
Propel is also launching the Propel D1, an inboard series of electric crate motors designed specifically to replace ageing diesel engines and enable the transition to marine electrification hassle-free.
Without the need of a gearbox, the Propel D1 is highly efficient. The result is an advanced propulsion solution that emits nothing but a soft, low hum, going further on a single charge and resulting in more time on the water. The motors and controllers are cooled using a closed-loop arrangement, crucially meaning a virtually maintenance-free experience for customers. The D1 range uses only low voltage motors, making it easier to source the best batteries and ensure they are safe to install and operate on existing applications. All D1 inboard motors ship with a high-quality sunlight readable 5” display and a side mount throttle lever, as well as a DC-inverter to power onboard 12V devices.
Saietta Group, a tech specialist leader in propulsion motors for a broad range of electric vehicles (EVs), is already heralded as an enabler of electrification. Through its first AFT e-motors – the AFT 140 and AFT 110 – the company has engineered key breakthrough propulsion innovations that will accelerate the journey towards sustainable mobility, in the process ensuring accessibility and performance while supporting the reduction of carbon emissions.
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