While today is Earth Day, but many in the boating industry have been considering more environmentally-friendly boats for years. The rise in gas prices has also resulted in a drive for lighter and more fuel efficient options. Similar to the car industry, some boat manufacturers have begun to focus more on producing hybrid and electric models. For example, Ski Nautique is developing a pure-electric boat that has a range similar to eight gallons of gas. Ski boats have seen success with electric motors due to their ability to great amounts of torque fast. While hybrid and electric boats are more costly than their counterparts, many in the boat industry expect that they will be more prevalent in the near future.