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ELECTRIC & HYBRID MARINE EXPO NORTH AMERICA 2022

Technologies for electrification and hybridization of workboats, ferries, superyachts, other marine vessels + port and harbor infrastructure The Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo North America Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Houston, Texas, March 23 & 24, 2022, is dedicated to showcasing the very latest and next-generation electric and hybrid marine propulsion technologies and port infrastructure solutions. With exhibits and conference speakers from all over the world, the event is exclusively for shipowners, shipyards, operators, fleet managers and port authorities interested in exploring the next generation of marine propulsion and port infrastructure.

Dutch dealer to electrify fleet

Seven new electric motoryachts commissioned for the coming season
Citing statistics that indicate tourism is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, a Dutch yacht dealer/charter company contends electric boats would enable emission-free boating, and has commissioned seven new electric motoryachts for the coming season. Family-owned Natural Yachts predicts that the company’s seven e-yachts will save 86 tonnes of CO2compared to a diesel-powered boat. Seven diesel boats would emit as much CO2 in the eight-month rental season as 18 Dutch households in an entire year.

Q&A With Pure Watercraft CEO Andy Rebele

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.”

Electric boat propulsion drives – new gear for 2022

Six of the latest electric boat propulsion drives and outboards new for 2022, as released at the METS trade show.

American Cruise Lines to build 12 hybrid catamarans

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."

No Magnets, Big Power: BMW’s Fifth-Generation Electric Motor

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.

Twin Vee Powercats signs battery deal

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.

Pascoe sells first all-electric superyacht tender

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.

Candela-8 to be available on boat sharing platform

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.

Fast-charging stations coming to Canadian marinas

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.