The university created two new types of electric
boats, "RAICHO-I" and "RAICHO-S", in 2010 and 2011,
respectively. These crafts utilize some special and unique features that
set them apart from existing electric boats or battery-powered boats. They
utilize a lithium-ion battery with a plug-in system or a rapid charging
system. The absence of exhaust gas emissions from the boats' electric motors
give them an environmental advantage over internal combustion engine-propelled
boats, thereby contributing to a reduction in air and water pollution and
helping slow global warming.
Lithium-ion battery with plug-in system or rapid charging system
- The dockside-mounted rapid charger can bring the boat's battery up to
80% of full charge within 30 minutes, which is much faster than conventional
charging systems (usually take 10 hours).
- The boat can operate for 45 minutes at full speed and remain at berth
for 30 minutes while recharging in a cyclic operation.
- The powerful lithium-ion battery gives the boat a running speed of
around 10 knots (19 km/hr), enabling it to navigate not only in calm waters
but also in open sea conditions where wind and waves prevent the operation
of conventional battery-powered craft.
Low environmental stress and a low carbon society
- Zero emission of NOx, SOx and CO2 when running
- Suitable for use in lakes and marshes where the use of combustion
engine-propelled vessels is prohibited in Europe and America.
- Reducing CO2 levels by 50-70%
- No oil and no gas, low noise and low vibration
Water jet propulsion system ("RAICHO-S")
- "RAICHO-S" utilizes a water jet propulsion system driven by electric
motor whose advantages are safety for the diver, passing floating rope
on fish preserve, and environmental reservation (no-damage on leafs, fishes,
and aquatic plants).
- "RAICHO-S" has a waterproof wired remote control system with
a control knob that can be moved through 360 degrees to steer the boat
in any direction.