Electrification News

Electric foiling should dominate powerboats, says American Magic’s designer

Kermarec will be leading the hydrodynamics team at the Swedish Candela electric boat company in Stockholm. His main task will be to improve the efficiency of Candela’s future electric hydrofoil boats. Candela already says its electric hydrofoiling Candela Seven is the most efficient speedboat ever built. Cruising at 25 knots, its range is 50 nautical miles. But Kermarec has 29 years of experience designing boats for America’s Cup teams. Working for Oracle, Artemis and other teams all the way up to this year’s American Magic, he has contributed to today’s ultra-fast, foiling AC75 boats and should have a decided impact.

Torqeedo unveils new electric outboard

Torqeedo has announced it has added a lighter and more affordable electric outboard to its product line. The new Travel 603 is the latest addition to Torqeedo's line-up of clean, quiet portable electric outboards (video). The two-horsepower-equivalent, direct-drive, short shaft motor is the lightest in its power class, weighing just 15.5 kg (34 lbs.) complete, including battery.

New solar leisure boats from Gussies Awards winner

NavAlt Solar and Electric Boats has introduced two new lines of solar leisure boats that bring the technology of Aditya – their Gustave Trouvé Award winning commuter ferry – to the world of personal craft. All of the boats in the new Sun Cruize and Ethnic line can be 100% solar powered and use the company’s proven battery and energy management system NavAlt CIPS (Compact Intelligent Power Supply). Made of GRP (glass reinforced resin), they range from 20 to 50 feet long (6 to 15 metres) and comfortably accommodate anywhere from 6 to 30 people on a river or inland water cruise.

ePropulsion reports 60% jump in revenues for 2020, forecasts 100% for 2021

Hong Kong-based electric outboard manufacturer ePropulsion has reported a 60% jump in revenues for 2020 and is forecasting 100% growth for 2021. The results, says ePropulsion, were driven by recreational boating in Western Europe and North America – the company’s two top markets – with a large proportion of sales coming from the freshwater fishing segment and the sailing community.

Awesomely Weird Alibaba EV of the Week: $1,000 for a 5-seater electric boat

Oh buoy, do I have a good one for you all this week! Who’s ready to set sail with the whole family on their very own electric boat for the cool price of just $1,000?! Well, you’re in luck, because that’s exactly what I’ve got on deck for you in this week’s installment of the Awesomely Weird Alibaba EV of the Week series!

Torqeedo and Poseidon announce new, commercial-grade electric drive for passenger ferries

Torqeedo and Poseidon cooperatively announced a fully electric, steerable thruster system designed to provide up to 65 kW of emission-free power and directional thrust ideal for manoeuvring on Europe's inland waterways.


British electric boat specialist, the Neva Group, has revealed that its new range of innovative electric boats is now being adapted for the utility and workboat market for use in harbours, marinas, and offshore renewable vessels.

University of Vermont Orders Hybrid-electric Research Vessel

The University of Vermont has ordered a new research vessel featuring an emissions-reducing electric power and propulsion system. The 64-foot aluminum catamaran, designed by Chartwell Marine and currently under construction at Derecktor Shipyards, will be equipped with a hybrid-electric power and propulsion system supplied and integrated by BAE Systems. The newbuilt is set for launch in April 2022.

Popularity of portable petrol engines on rise, but shift to electric heralds new era

The market for portable gasoline/petrol-powered outboards has always been a picture of consistency for engine manufacturers, a segment seemingly impervious to market fluctuations through good times, bad times, and even a global financial meltdown. Not even a worldwide pandemic has managed to shake it, with most engine manufacturers reporting continued strong sales in different markets around the world. Only at the lowest-power end of the range is the portable sector beginning to show erosion – and that coming not from market slowdown, but growing competition from electric motors.

Top trends in electric outboards

Ongoing developments in the automotive sector have produced a whole tranche of new and more powerful electric motors, most of which can be adapted to a marine environment. They can also be easily upgraded within the same system if more power is needed, or as larger battery packs become affordable. Trend 1 - More powerful motors. “Many of us wish our old petrol 40hp outboard still ran as great as it did on the day it was new, like electric does,” said Stealth Electric Outboards’ Scott Masterson. “Electric motors are rated in thousands of hours of operation, not hundreds, so resale for electric outboards is excellent and well sought after. As batteries become lighter, more powerful and affordable, this industry will explode. The demand for ever more power will increase. Being responsive and able to turn-around new products to meet a changing market will be more important to a company’s survival. Stealth Electric Outboards is committed to meeting those challenges as they arise. As such, we are now working on a 75hp model.”