Electrification News

Lithium batteries withdrawn following fires in France

Reports in France say that after a series of explosions and fires, the Prefecture of Pyrénées-Orientales in the south-west of the country has ordered the suspension of sales and recall of all lithium batteries of the ‘Energy Cases’ brand, marketed by SAS P.C.E, based in Perpignan. The batteries were suspected of causing several explosions and fires that occurred over the past 10 months throughout France.

Sunreef releases first images of new solar power system

Polish catamaran builder Sunreef Yachts has released the first pictures of the company’s in-house developed solar power system. Using ultra thin, shock-resistant and highly efficient solar cells, it is said to be the industry’s first composite-integrated photovoltaic technology. Sunreef’s solar power system is currently being integrated on both power and sail catamarans within the company’s Eco range of luxury catamarans. The panels are entirely flush with all curved composite structures including masts, hull sides and biminis.

6 Zero-Emissions Watercraft That Make Every Day Earth Day on the Water

Electrification is coming fast to the automotive industry. Carmakers estimate that electric vehicles will account for 50 percent of new-car sales in the US by 2030, while in Europe, that number will be closer to 70 percent. On the water, the numbers of electric boats are much smaller, limited to a handful of intrepid builders who have managed to design battery-powered vessels with all the bells and whistles one would expect from a quality watercraft.

Pixii 750 first look: Newcomers plan to launch Britain’s first electric boat

A trio of British entrepreneurs hopes to establish Pixii electric boats as the Tesla of the marine world. Called Pixii, its first offering will be a 25ft sportsboat called the Pixii 750 with a claimed top speed of 40 knots and a quoted range of more than 100nm at 14 knots. The key to these bold claims is a tough but lightweight aluminium hull paired with efficient waterjet drives, brushless electric motors and an unusually high battery capacity totalling 150kWh. Pixii hasn’t yet confirmed the source of the batteries but they are thought to be reconditioned second-life batteries recovered from cars and adapted for marine use – Teslas would be the obvious choice.

SUPERCHARGE NETWORK IN NORWAY

The first network of fast chargers in North of Europe. The Marinas of Aker Brygge, Bergen, and Florø in Norway will be equipped with chargers for electric boats during the coming months. This is the fruit of a strong collaboration between Evoy, BKK, SFE, Kinn Municipality and Florø Hamn. We at Evoy kickstarted the project in 2019 with amongst others BKK.

Danish firm launches new electric sportsboat

Danish company Sarvo Marine is developing a new electric sports boat that will have a top speed of over 70kt, making it one of the fastest electric boats on the water. In addition to its impressive top speed the Sarvo 37 will have a number of innovations that will give it a ‘green’ image such as being constructed from recycled aluminium and having decks made from synthetic wood that is largely made from recycled plastic.

P.R. Firm Rushton Gregory Signs ePropulsion

Public relations firm Rushton Gregory said it agreed to represent China-based ePropulsion, a manufacturer of electric outboards, pods and saildrives. Earlier this year, ePropulsion announced that it standardized its electric outboards to include hydrogeneration capabilities, 48-volt architecture, safety wristbands, an ergonomic tiller and brushless direct-drive motors. The company was founded in 2012.

French company to launch first electric boat motor this May

This May, French manufacturer FinX is planning to launch its first product – the Fin5, a new electric boat motor which uses a flexible membrane based on fish fins instead of a propeller, according to company representatives. The development comes as the business is aiming to collect around €3m (US$3.6m) from investors to launch the motor’s serial production.

Evoy rebrands and delivers

Norwegian electric marine motor manufacturer Evoy claims that its brand is now well-known by its customers, partners and investors, so the Evoy team needed to update the style and branding to match the technology improvements and new markets that are opening up. In the past three years, Evoy has grown, improving the technology of both its outboard and inboard electric systems and recently the company made its first customer delivery.

New Boat: Eelex 8000

Only a few years ago, electric cars were still turning every head on the road. Today, some of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world are gearing up for an all-electric future, including General Motors, which plans to only sell zero-emission vehicles by 2035. The marine industry is still in the very early stage of electrification, but a few companies are driving the green initiative forward. One of those pioneers is X Shore, a Swedish company dedicated to technological advancements and sustainable solutions.