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post #6 of Old 03-26-2012
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Re: Beta Marine - New Hybrid System!

Originally Posted by davidpm View Post
The place it has found a home is on certain catamarans where you can replace two gas outboards with one diesel inboard and two electric motors. The diesel gives the owner charging capacity and reliability and no need for gas.
It seems to work really well in this situation. But of course this is not a hybrid.
Yes, it does make sense in this situation. It is worth noting though that these systems are series hybrid systems unlike the Beta which is a parallel. In a series hybrid, the engine has no direct connection to the prop shaft. In the car world, this would be the Chevy Volt system.
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