Stockholm-based electric boat builder X Shore announced early Thursday that the company has established an official North American sales office in Newport, Rhode Island at the famed Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard. The new, year-round facility will oversee all marketing and sales activities for X Shore in the US under the leadership of North American head of sales, Patrick DeSocio. In addition to providing a domestic sales office, the location will also be used for VIP events and sea trials, with an Eelex 8000 accessible on land and in the water.
Yamaha Marine’s US Business Unit officially introduced the company’s Harmo electric outboard system to US boatbuilders and media on Tuesday. The company says its proprietary electric outboard propulsion system, introduced as a concept at the 2016 METSTRADE Show and having recently completed testing in Japan, will be available in the US market within 18 months.
Munich-based engine builder MAN Diesel unveiled it’s all-new Smart Hybrid Experience propulsion system at the Cannes Yachting festival on Tuesday, staking a claim as the first engine provider to provide a complete hybrid system from a single source. The system features multiple operation modes; Zero Emission mode, with propulsion and onboard hotel loads served entirely by the vessel’s batteries for quiet, emission-free operation; Diesel-Electric mode, with power supplied by the battery and supported by onboard generator sets; Diesel model, with propulsion and onboard power needs provided by the diesel engines; Boost mode, where the electric system complements the diesel power; and Hotel mode, where onboard power is provided by the batteries with the engines switched off.
The Super Air Nautique GS22E powered by Ingenity Electric will be on display at boat shows in Germany and the U.S. While many have eagerly waited to see the first electric watersports boat model, it will be at the Boats Afloat Show in Seattle, Washington, this week. The show will take place on September 16th – 19th, and after the show, the boat will be available for demos on South Lake Union.
The Limestone Boat Company, owner and builder of Aquasport Boats, Limestone Boats and Boca Bay Boats reports that two test boats are enroute to Vision Marine Technologies for fitting of their innovative EV Outboard engines. “At The Limestone Boat Company innovation and advancement are always at the top of our minds. In fact, one of our corporate goals is to embrace and take a leadership position in delivering EV technology to the market, while also providing our customers with durable, dependable products, equipped with top-of-the-line technology,” said CEO Scott Hanson.
Swedish electric boat builder X Shore has signed a deal with Natural Yachts of the Netherlands to introduce what it says is the first high-speed electric boat to be commercially available to the Dutch market. The 8m Eelex 8000 is made in Stockholm, Sweden and is 100% electric. By making it commercially available in the Netherlands, Natural Yachts says it can begin to satisfy the growing demand among an increasingly carbon-conscious Dutch customer base for smart, high-speed electric boats.
The boating industry’s largest player announced today the acquisition of RELiON Battery by its Advanced Systems Group (ASG) and said it will be establishing a new Electrification Technology Center ”to extend its leadership position in electrical systems innovation” and further support its ACES strategy (Autonomy, Connectivity, Electrification, and Shared Access).
“It became important and urgent to imagine a range that would be part of a future-oriented approach,” said Zodiac product marketing manager Fanny Revert-Ciavattini in a statement. “Electric mobility is gaining ground all around us, and as the market leader in RIBs, we couldn’t afford to miss out.” On a full charge, the boats are said to have about 50 minutes of range at 12 knots. The Torqeedo drive systems including a motor, batteries and charger. “Torqeedo was the ideal partner to develop these new products,” Revert-Ciavattini said.