Electrification News

LA start-up plans 475hp electric outboard by year end

Arc Boat Co., the Los Angeles-based startup electric boat company is coming to market by the end of 2021 using a Tesla business model, a number of former SpaceX employees and US$4.25m in seed funding from investment firms Andreessen Horowitz and the Lowercarbon Capital fund. With only 15,000 electric boats sold in 2020 according to IDTechEx, the Cambridge-based research group predicts the market to reach 70,000 units by the end of the decade and be valued at US$1.4b. According to the founder, Arc’s competitive advantage is battery capacity. Boats require more energy than cars to travel like distances, so the boats will feature batteries with 200 kilowatts of capacity, nearly double that of other electric vessels. Lee plans to manufacture those batteries in-house.

Manitoulin Island boat producer to produce solar-powered catamaran cruisers

The North Channel CabinBoat Company is pleased to announce that Henley Boats in Manitowaning, on Manitoulin Island, the only boat manufacturer in the world that builds roll-form aluminum lapstrake hulls, will be constructing our 10’ x 30’ catamaran coastal cruisers.

X Shore Names Canadian Distributor

Montreal-based BCI Marine announced that it is the first North American distributor for Swedish e-boat manufacturer X Shore. X Shore’s main offering is the Eelex 8000, a modular electric boat made from recycled plastic and cork.

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.