Electrification News

Venice’s e-Regatta Showcases Electric Boats

With 23 entries competing over three days, the world’s first electric-boat regatta took place from May 29 to June 5 in Venice, Italy, as part of the Venice Boat Show. The weekend started with a parade of electrically powered boats from refitted Venice classics to the latest high-tech raceboats as the fleet idled from the Arsenale, along the Grand Canal out into the San Marco Basin and then back to their starting point.

Spanish-Italian builder wants to revolutionise electric boating concept

The Italian-Spanish shipyard Magonis is on a bid to revolutionise the electric boating market with its new Magonis Wave e-550 which it bills as both smart, efficient, and crucially, affordable. Following three years of research and development, the innovative Magonis Wave e-550 – the first boat from the Spanish builder – made its public debut at the Venice Boat Show earlier this month.

New Partnership announced to create Electric Boat championship

Electric Sea Racing Limited (‘E1 Series’) and Public Investment Fund (‘PIF’) have entered a partnership that will create the world’s first electric powerboat racing competition. The news was revealed today during a virtual launch event, where E1 Series organisers also unveiled the new design of the electric RaceBird powerboat ahead of today’s World Oceans Day.

Flux Marine testing three electric outboard prototypes

A Rhode Island start-up founded by childhood friends has been quietly working on reinventing the outboard motor and is testing three electric prototypes in the 15hp, 40hp and 70hp categories. Flux Marine Ltd is the brainchild of Ben Sorkin and Daylin Frantin, who spent summers together as youth on New York’s Lake George buying, fixing and selling old outboards.

Vision Marine Acquires Electric Rental Fleet

Vision Marine co-founder and CEO Alexandre Mongeon said acquiring EBR — which serves about 100,000 passengers annually — gives his company another avenue to showcase the brand’s e-powered craft and its E-Motion 180E outboard and powertrain system, which is set to debut midsummer with Limestone Boats.

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Electric Boat Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for The Gustave Trouvé Awards for Excellence in Electric Boats and Boating. The “Gussies” were started last year by Plugboats, a website dedicated to e-propulsion. Last year’s awards highlighted 50 boats from 19 countries, with more than 10,000 people placing nominations.

Volvo Penta acquires majority stake in battery systems specialist

Electromobility and electrification are among the hottest topics in the marine industry and shaping up to be among the most competitive too, with leading companies such as Volvo, Dometic and Brunswick scrambling to button-down acquisitions and partnerships bringing a broad range of technology solutions in house – particularly in the area of batteries, power management and storage capabilities.

Optima Projects develops new electric boat range

Optima Projects, a specialist engineering and design consultancy in the UK, has developed a new range of cruising boats powered by electric propulsion for RCD Cat B, Offshore rating. Optima’s first 11m boat can be equipped with two double cabins, has extensive galley and social spaces and room for eight to eat around a large cockpit table. The new design is planned for build in the UK later this year, with further models already scheduled.

Frauscher unveils new electric boat

Austria-based boatbuilder, Frauscher Bootswerft GmbH & Co KG, has launched the TimeSquare 20 – a new electric boat which is described by the company as “another milestone in their long history of innovation”. The TimeSquare 20 is a twin-hulled electric boat which Frauscher states is in line with the company’s philosophy of “engineers of emotions”. The model includes a number of innovative features and has a very distinctive design.