2021 Ozarks Shootout is the third year in which there's been an electric category, and it's also the third straight year Vision Marine Technologies has taken home the leading prize. The company previously operated under the name The Canadian Electric Boat Company until reorganizing in November 2020 as Vision Marine Technologies as part of a $27 Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Nasdaq Exchange. As part of that new arrangement the company also announced plans to developed their own high-powered electric outboard.
Rhode Island startup Flux Marine debuted its new electric outboard line at the Newport International Boat Show in September and came away as the winner of two Newport for New Products Awards: “Best Green Product ” and “Best New Boating Operation, Maintenance or Safety Product.”From the beginning the company has been no stranger to awards and rewards. The project started in 2017 as thesis work in electric marine propulsion by Ben Sorkin at Princeton University. In 2018 Flux Marine was founded and Sorkin was joined by fellow Princetonian Jonathan Lord and Daylin Frantin of Boston University (BU).
We had a chat with Mitch Lee, Co-Founder and CEO of Arc Boats, who tells us about creating a 350kW electric boat and how it has a lot in common with the work his CTO and and other team members did on the Space X rockets. With their goal of transitioning marine transportation from fossil fuel to electric “as quickly as possible“, they have already been out skiing behind and testing demos of their high speed water sport towboat – a remarkable achievement considering they started the company less than 10 months ago.
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