Motors: 2 x 6kw, 220rpm per volt
Voltage: 42 volt nominal
Batteries: 4 x 5000mh, 11.1 volt LiPoly packs
Lift fan: 16 inch x 4-blade UH lift fan
Thrust propeller: 36 inch x 2-blade UH thrust prop, 2:1 reduction
Length: 12.5 feet
Width: 6.5 feet
Weight: Top secret
Payload: 300 lbs
Fuel mileage: 50 - 75 mpg
Over the past 18 months Universal Hovercraft has been operating an electric â€œgreen hovercraftâ€ at their Mississippi River facility. This new hovercraft resembles a UH-13P but is lighter, more aerodynamic and is powered by two electric motors.
The idea for an electric hovercraft was brought up more than two years ago while working on a Navy Hoverwingâ„¢ project. When the Hoverwingâ„¢ leaves the ground the lift system can be shut off. In the future this may be accomplished by using an electric lift system. To prove the concept a prototype electric hovercraft was built to test motor configurations, electronics, efficiency and battery technology.