Canadian company Robert Allan is introducing an electric pilot boat called RAlly 1600-E for short trips. The vessel is made from aluminum and equipped with a fairly decent amount of batteries – 815 kWh, that will be recharged from shore power.
The two electric motors are rated for 500 kW each, so total 1 MW of power, totaly fine for speed of 20 knots.
The new RAlly 1600-E electric pilot boat particulars are:
- Length overall: 16 m
- Beam: 5 m
- Power: 2 x 500 kW (2,800 rpm permanent magnet 750 volt AC electric motors controlled by frequency convertors providing a full range of speed). The motors drive through standard ZF or Twin Disc 3:1 reverse/reduction gears to conventional shafting and 840 mm propellers.
- Twin small auxiliary generators give “get home” and range extension capability but are normally not running