In late November, General Motors said it had acquired a 25 percent stake in Pure Watercraft, the Seattle-based e-propulsion outfit, for approximately $150 million. The automaker plans to invest $35 billion in electric and autonomous vehicle technology during the next four years. The deal with Pure Watercraft reflects GM’s mission to take the “holistic approach necessary for widespread EV adoption.”
Six of the latest electric boat propulsion drives and outboards new for 2022, as released at the METS trade show.
American Cruise Lines today revealed the details of Project Blue — a new fleet of go-anywhere ships for the U.S. market. The project calls for the construction of 12 identical sister ships that will more than double the nation’s current capacity for domestic coastal cruises. ACL said the new 241’x56′ 109-passenger boats will feature an innovative hybrid catamaran design that will give the cats “unprecedented near-shore operating versatility.”
We’ve hinted at the impressive power output of the BMW iX M60 motor in our First Look, but its fifth-generation electric motor technology deserves its own examination. That’s because it’s both extremely high-tech and a little bit old-school. Here’s what you need to know, and why it’s so interesting that BMW used this motor on the iX M60. It’s a big advance in terms of the efficiency of the electric motor, while getting away from the use of rare earth minerals.
Delivery of the first set of lithium-ion battery systems is expected in late Q2 2022. A rendering of Forza X1’s FX1 centre console model. Twin Vee has announced that Forza X1, the company’s wholly-owned EV subsidiary, has signed a five-year supply agreement with Michigan-based American Battery Solutions (ABS) for production-grade, 52 kWh, high-powered lithium-ion batteries that will be used to power Forza X1’s electric boats. Battery system experts ABS has decades of experience in designing, developing and manufacturing advanced battery systems for the transportation industry, with OEM customers across both the commercial and industrial segments.
The new tender is currently under construction and due for delivery in 2023 Pascoe International has announced the sale of what it says is the world’s first 100% electric superyacht limousine tender. The tender is now under construction and will be delivered in 2023 to a large new-build mothership from a major Northern European shipyard. Following a six-year research and development period, Pascoe International is now offering full electric propulsion for their limousines and open guest tenders.
Swedish tech firm Candela has announced that its next-generation electric boat, the Candela C-8, will soon be available for boat sharing in Stockholm and Mallorca through Agapi Boat Club. Described as the world’s fastest electric speedboat, the hydrofoiling Candela C-8 cruises above the waves at speeds up to 30kt and is said to be five times more efficient than conventional electric boats. Other benefits are a dramatically smoother and silent ride, as well as 95% lower operational costs compared to combustion engine boats.
A Canadian boat distributor has embarked on a new partnership aimed at bringing fast-charging capability to marinas across the country. Quebec-based BCI Marine has confirmed that the company has partered with Aqua superPower to install a network of fast-charging points for electric boats throughout Canada. The company is currently negotiating potential locations for fast-charging installations with marinas and waterfront property owners, with the goal of having its first facilities operational by late May.
Sunreef Yachts recently launched what it describes as the world’s most advanced sustainable luxury catamaran. The all-electric Sunreef 80 Eco is a fully autonomous craft that uses green technology for fuel-free cruising. The Sunreef 80 Eco’s solar power system features ultralight composite-integrated solar panels within the hull sides, mast, superstructure and bimini roof. Using an industry-first technology, the photovoltaic system can deliver up to 36 kWp.
It is only a matter of when, not if, electric outboard motors will be the coin of the realm. One of the first builders in North America to pioneer the new concept is the Limestone Boat Company, which owns Aquasport. It is partnering with Vision Marine Technologies for electrically-powered offerings in the future. Vision Marine has completed a retrofit of an Aquasport 2100CC that the two companies hope to have ready for sea trials before the Miami International Boat Show in February.