About 200 metres out from the jetty, Konrad Bergström asks me a question he’s almost certainly asked before: what can I hear? Nothing, I reply, just the sound of the water as we glide through the harbour in Stockholm. We could be on a sailing boat, it’s so quiet. I’m aboard the 2021 model of the Eelex 8000, X Shore’s luxury electric speedboat. It was the search for just this sound of the waves that first inspired Bergström in his quest to build an electric speedboat. But perhaps the real appeal of the boat is that it can go up to 40 knots and accelerate rapidly – all while creating no emissions.
Electrification among small vessels & workboats is an area of rapid #innovation at the moment. One example of innovation is a fully-electric fish farming #boat, Evoy, which is possibly the world’s fastest serial-production craft of its type.
Powerful new saildrives, TorqLink interface, Travel 603 motor lead Torqeedo new products launch as company comes off record 2020 sales season. In a digital press conference today, the company unveiled new products and managing directors Dr Ralf Plieninger and Dr Michael Rummel talked about the company’s objectives and opportunities for electric marine propulsion in every area: recreational, commercial, charter fleets and eco-tourism.
A marine and power sports equipment company is planning a $22 million expansion at its Georgia headquarters, state officials announced. Outdoor Network, a dealer and distributor of equipment and parts that operates e-commerce sites Boats.net, Partzilla.com, and Firedog.com, will expand a distribution center and build a new advanced manufacturing facility in Albany, Georgia.
A plan to exploit the benefits of using lithium sulphur batteries instead of normal lithium ion batteries in a marine application is being developed by British company Oxis Energy. This pioneering new development centres around a project to build a 12m dayboat for the leisure sector to exploit the potential …
Austrian solar catamaran pioneer Silent-Yachts sold its first solar cat in 2018, and business is booming. The builder now has 11 electric yachts in the water, and it will build 20 more electric cats in 2021 at the company’s two new shipyards in Thailand and Italy.
Flugga Boats has delivered a batch of four newbuild fish farm support vessels to the Shetland salmon farming division of Norwegian aquaculture company Grieg Seafood. As with other craft in the Flugga Boats product line, the Grieg Seafood workboats each have an aluminium hull and an HDPE collar to help ensure longer vessel lifespan and lower maintenance requirements. The all-weather, high-speed craft will be used primarily to transfer personnel between the different sites within Grieg Seafood’s vast salmon farming operation in the Scottish archipelago of Shetland, where Flugga Boats is also located.
Candela, the Swedish electric boat manufacturer, has teamed with solar energy supplier Nordsol to roll out what it describes as the “world’s first charging network” for electric boats. The new charging posts will be installed in the Stockholm archipelago and will initially be free. Starting in the spring and winter of 2021, Candela and Nordsol will install charging points at five locations in Sweden — Strömma, Saltsjöbaden, Sandhamn, Fjäderholmarna, and Utö harbour.
When one of the world’s largest wind farm operators requested a hybrid-powered crew transfer vessel, they looked to Volvo Penta for propulsion options. The end result utilizes electric Inboard Performance Systems, five variable-speed Volvo D8 gensets and two D13 diesel engines. A battery pack will complement the power to support peak-shaving and allow the vessel to operate in full electric mode at low speeds.
Vita, an electric boat powertrain and fully electric yacht company, has introduced Vita superPower dockside superchargers for electric boats. These are 150 kW charging stations. They can cut charging time down from 6 hours to 1 hour.