The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has released new NMEA 2000 messages (PGNs) to accommodate the growing electric propulsion and battery management market.
Six new NMEA 2000 Network Messages (PGNs) have been added to NMEA 2000 Standard, Appendix B, which manufacturers can use to implement into electric motor controls and status via NMEA 2000-certified control boxes and Multi-Function Displays (MFDs). NMEA is welcoming all manufacturers of electric motors, battery systems, and MFDs to adopt these messages as the electrification of boats worldwide continues to grow at a rapid pace.
ENGINELink is a new NMEA 2000 wireless gateway that allows mobile phones and tablets to display engine data (utilising a NMEA 2000 interface) as well as providing a feed of AIS and GPS data to popular apps like Navionics, NavLink, iNavX, SavyNavy, AquaMaps and more. Now boaters can have engine data plus their favourite charting app displays on their connected devices.
Engine information such as RPM, temperature, pressure and battery voltage are displayed as an attractive dashboard display through the web browser on the mobile device so there’s no need for a custom app. iOS and Android devices can display app data and a web browser page side by side so you can have your favourite charting app open alongside engine instrument displays.
“The volunteer NMEA 2000 Electric Propulsion working group members spent countless hours ingesting, digesting and reviewing the technical minutiae that is needed to get it right,” said Mark Oslund, NMEA Director of Standards. “They and all of the partner manufacturers deserve a huge thank you for their involvement and investment in the NMEA 2000 Standard.”
“As electric propulsion continues to expand, the MFD remains the command center of the vessel, said Mark Reedenauer, NMEA President & Executive Director. “The NMEA 2000 Standard has become the vehicle for vessel data of all types to be viewed and controlled from multiple MFDs on board. Adopting the NMEA 2000 Standard saves EP and battery manufacturer resources by partnering with certified MFD manufacturers, and utilizing their display to view data from motors and batteries.”, Reedenauer added