Repower my Paddlewheel Pontoon Boat

Repower my Paddlewheel Pontoon Boat

I just built my boat and it uses a 13hp Honda aircooled engine to drive a hydraulic pump to power
a hi-torque hydraulic motor which then drives the chain that drives the wheel.

See following for details,

May be cost prohibitive for a few years but eventually I would like convert to electric power and the Tesla
system intrigues me.

Appreciate any comments.

Timo | May 15, 2011

"Tesla system" is quite simple battery + power electronics module + AC electric motor. There are plenty of suppliers for those and also cheaper.

Tesla system is 250-300kW system, not 10kW. Not quite compatible. I think you might find similar power electric systems from some electric wheelchairs.