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Aptera designers unveil solar-powered pontoon, the Loon

Laura June
02.02.09
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Sure, it's just a concept for now, but the Aptera design team (Eleven) has unveiled this solar-powered boat, and it's looking pretty decent, so we thought we'd bring a few of the details over here for you. The Loon, as it's called, was designed for the Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Company, and it's got a pontoon shape to it, and is relatively lightweight for its size, with a 1000W solar panel roofing which is collapsible for compact storing of the boat when not in the water. It's 22 feet long, and is made of recycled materials, bamboo and natural fibers, with an estimated top speed of 7 knots (it should be able to travel about 35 miles a day). We don't know when to expect these bad boys on the waterways, nor do we know how much they're going to cost, but we're hoping they're not hundreds of thousands of dollars.

[Via Autoblog Green]

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