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Princecraft launches a line of electric-powered pontoon boats for, with optional solar panel recharging for autonomy on the water.

Brio190 Electric Engine

Pontoon maker Princecraft Boats has introduced its Brio 2.0 Electric Series, offering electric propulsion across three completely redesigned models – 17, 19, and 21 feet. “Every detail of the new Brio 2.0 was built around our electric propulsion systems and we are already experiencing record demand for these new innovative models,” says Rodier Grondin, company president.

Torqeedo Cruise

The Brio series is powered by Torqeedo electric engines, delivering 5- to 20-hp, with optional solar panel recharging. Additionally, the Brio series offers a redesigned bow profile roto cast battery box, which can accommodate up to 4x Gr.31 batteries, 2x 24V or 1x 48V Torqeedo Lithium battery. An additional battery bank can also be added as an option on all three models.

New features of the Brio series were designed for weight alignment and lighter construction to maximize on-water power, including new upholstery, a rotomolded console and more. Each model is also 6 inches wider providing additional space.

Starting prices, which exclude batteries, freight, and state taxes, are $18,287 (Brio 170), $20,257 (Brio 190), and $22,216 (Brio 210-2S).


Rich Armstrong

Senior Editor, BoatUS Magazine

A journalist by training, BoatUS Magazine Senior Editor Rich Armstrong has worked in TV news, and at several newspapers, then spent 18 years as a top editor at other boating publications. He’s built a stellar reputation in the marine industry as one of the most thorough reporters in our business. At BoatUS Magazine, Rich handles everything from boat and product innovation and late-breaking news, to compelling feature stories, boat reviews, and features on people and places. The New Jersey shore and lakes of lower New York defined Rich's childhood. But when he bought a 21-foot Four Winns deck boat and introduced his young family to the Connecticut River, his love for the world of boats flourished from there.