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ePropulsion Sustainably Mobilizes Hundreds Of Sightseeing Bamboo Rafts On The Guilin Li River

Project Creates An Eco-Friendly, Low-Emission Tourist Destination to Preserve Tranquil Beauty of Popular Destination in China

Somerset, NJ – ePropulsionthe global leader in marine electric propulsion systems and services, announced the latest in the company’s continued efforts toward promoting sustainability and environmental preservation with their development of a customized electric propulsion solution for sightseeing bamboo rafts on the Li River.

ePropulsion developed a custom electric propulsion system, the longtail motor, for these sightseeing rafts based on actual usage statistics, working collaboratively with the local government to create a green, low-carbon tourist attraction. Prior to these efforts, the Li River had more than 2,000 rafts, all operated with traditional combustion engines. This project stands to significantly reduce air and water pollution of the river and its surrounding environment, as well as to enhance the tourist experience in a scenic hotspot. In addition to reducing environmental pollution, ePropulsion’s system has led to a reduction in noise pollution, with each raft now producing less than 60 decibels where they once created a din of over 120 decibels. This change makes for quiet and comfortable boating, allowing tourists to easily hear the natural sounds of the river and enjoy an enhanced sightseeing experience. In the first phase of the project, ePropulsion has electrified 700 of the bamboo rafts.

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“We’re thrilled to have played a key role in developing sustainable boating along the River Li,” said Danny Tao, Co-founder and CEO of ePropulsion. “The beautiful landscape will be preserved for years to come with our ecological solutions, and our unique noise-reducing technology will ensure a boost in tourism to this idyllic and scenic environment. As a leader in global boat electrification, it’s an exciting and rewarding opportunity to jointly commit to protecting our water from pollution and coordinate the construction of green and low-carbon tourist attractions. The gradual delivery and use of pure electric sightseeing rafts marks the official entry of Li River tourism into a new energy era, propelling the project to the forefront of solving the environmental pollution problem of fuel-powered rafts in the region. In addition, the solution blends the beauty of modern technology with our traditional culture.”

ePropulsion’s customized longtail electric propulsion system for the Li River rafts are designed to be easy to use and maintain, with a flexible control system whose thruster allows rafters to control turning, forward and reverse, and immersion depth with simple hand controls. The system also comes standard with a fully integrated, intelligent digital display that gives operators real-time access to operational data, including navigation information, speed and remaining power. The system has a maximum power of 9 kW and was designed by the ePropulsion team to be safe and reliable. It has a 230-amp-hour battery pack to stand up to the long-term endurance requirements of tourism operation and an IP67 protection rating that is water- and weather-proof as well as leak resistant. Part of the company’s work on this project included organizing training sessions for local bamboo raft operators on how to use the ePropulsion system effectively, laying the foundation for future operations and cementing the Li River as an eco-friendly, low-emission tourist destination.

For more information on ePropulsion or its revolutionary electric motors and accessories, please visit www.ePropulsion.com or exclusive U.S. distributor Mack Boring & Parts Co. at mackboring.com/products/epropulsion-motors.

About ePropulsion

ePropulsion was set up in 2012 and is led by a team of technology entrepreneurs that are focused on developing uncompromising superior products. Since the company launched its first electric outboard it has fast become a force to be reckoned with in the electric propulsion market with a presence across Europe, the US and Asia.

ePropulsion set out with a clear mission to become the global leader in marine electric propulsion systems and services. This pioneering, market challenger brand is at the very forefront of the industry and is recognized across the world for its exceptional product quality, performance, and technological innovations.

ePropulsion was the first company to launch a brushless, direct-drive electric outboard motor in the market and offers a portfolio of 1 – 6kW outboard engines across its Spirit and Navy ranges. These are renowned for being high quality, quiet, eco-friendly and low maintenance.

In 2022, ePropulsion expanded its OEM capabilities with the global debut of the H-Series, an innovative 60-250kW electric inboard motor for vessels between 60 to 100’ (18-30m) with full displacement up to 200 tons. Subsequently, the I-Series was introduced, an environmentally friendly electric inboard motor series with advanced technology, smart features, and human-centric design. Supported by the ePropulsion Smart System Architecture (eSSA) and IoT connectivity service, it offers users an unmatched, easy-to-use, intelligent, safe, and reliable experience.

The latest additions to the lineup include the X Series and the eLite Motor. Unveiled at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and METSTRADE 2023, the X Series features three innovative electric outboard motors—X12, X20, and X40—delivering remarkable propulsion systems with ingenious features. The all-new eLite is the smallest electric outboard in ePropulsion’s extensive portfolio. Benefiting from new technology and meticulous design, the eLite is set to transform the tender and small boat market.

ePropulsion remains focused on providing customized and pioneering services for OEMs across the world, offering fully flexible solutions for a wide range of commercial and leisure marine applications. www.ePropulsion.com

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