The Electric and Hybrid Marine Expo Europe took place earlier this year in Amsterdam, EV with some exciting new electric propulsion news for the boating world. Meanwhile boat builders serving the U.S. are also buzzing with exciting electrifying news! Here we take a look at some leading players right now in the world of electric boats and outboards.
Vision Marine Technologies
Vision Marine Technologies (Nasdaq VMAR) recently agreed with investors for the issuance and sale of stock to raise $2M for working capital. In addition to electric motors, the company currently builds two models for its rental fleet, a Volt 180 and Fantail 217 and is planning new models to be launched soon. Vision Marine has expanded its California rental operations to 30 boats in Newport Beach and recently opened one in Portside Ventura Harbor, recognizing this venue’s opportunity to expose more people to the joy of worry-free day boating.
Above: A 2023 Vision Marine Fantail 217 electric boat. Photo by Vision Marine.
Vision Marine is also expanding its dealer network and has secured a future location in Dania Beach, Florida to further expand its East Coast presence and is planning to grow in other areas as well; Vision Marine Technologies is currently doing business on three continents and six countries, says Vision’s Director of Sales and Business Development, Zach Crawford.
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Also in Florida, FORZA X1 (Nasdaq FRZA ) prepares to debut its new electric F-22’ V-hulls July 8 at a VIP event in West Palm Beach. The company has just created a public offering for $10M to help support FORZA’s new factory being built in Marion, NC where it currently has an R&D facility. The boats are being built in Fort Pierce, Florida at major shareholder’s factory, TwinVee Powercats (Nasdaq VEEE) where its electric boat experimentation began two years ago.
Above: A 2023 Forza X1 F-22 electric center console boat. Photo by Forza.
The new factory will be built in stages from 60,000 to 100,000 square feet to accommodate planned growing production. FORZA developed it hull and engine in-house to be fully integrated from its construction, battery system, motor and propulsion to be an affordable option for today’s new boater, according to President Jew Leffew.
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Above: A 2023 Voltari 260 electric boat at anchor. Photo by DSV/YachtWorld.
With more Florida news, Voltari Electric recently announced the establishment and Fall opening of its sales and “Customer Experience Center” at Fort Lauderdale’s newly renovated Pier 66. “We are delighted to be in the heart of performance boating culture!” says Tim Markou, President, “Voltari continues to lead the charge in Marine EV as a totally vertical, fully electric luxury performance boat, EV powertrain and battery manufacturer, and we want to show our expertise to our clients in a ‘hands-on’ way.”
Above: A 2023 Voltari 260 electric boat underway on the water. Photo by DSV/YachtWorld.
Voltari’s test-drive-ready, all-electric Voltari 260 Centre Consoles will be docked at the Voltari slip, just steps from the company’s demonstration center, located on the site of the former Grill 66 restaurant. “Club Voltari,” expects to open the Customer Experience Center in October 2023, will offer customers a chance to try out control screens, touch-test luxurious fabric and finish options, and enjoy a fully-stocked bar and humidor. Valet parking, workspaces and a private entrance will complete this cozy VIP retreat for Voltari’s current and future clients.
Swedish EV builder X Shore just announced a new partnership with multinational engineering and technology company, Bosch for new motors. The Swedish technology company has introduced two fully electric boat models, saying in a statement that Bosch will help to develop and improve the performance and efficiency of the electric drive system of its newest model, the X Shore 1. Both companies are committed to sustainability and the pursuit of a greener future for marine vessels.
Above: A 2023 X Shore electric daycruiser boat, with the power of silent propulsion. Photo by X Shore.
Dr. Johannes-Jörg Rüger, President at Bosch Engineering GmbH, stated, “At Bosch, we are investing heavily in sustainable technologies and pursued sustainability long before it made it to the top of the social agenda…we’re continuing to strengthen our portfolio of solutions for electrified driving.” As the company’s first venture into the marine market, Ruger called X Shore “a strong passionate partner that shares its environmental commitment with deep conviction” and promised to help X Shore “accelerate the serial production approach by sharing series production experience and automotive proven high-performance components.”
The X Shore 1 is using Bosch’s largest motor for leisure boat applications, as well as the Bosch inverter and gearbox, developed and manufactured by its subsidiary, Bosch Rexroth.
Energica Electric PWC
And from the personal watercraft industry, a new partnership was recently announced for a new electrically-operated Runabout “aquabike”. The technology was developed by Energica Electric Motor Company, in collaboration with Electric Revolution, a start-up created by Roberto Minnucci and Italy’s Roberto Mariani, the world’s number one Freestyle competitor and defending UIM-ABP European Continental Champion.
Above: A prototype electric personal watercraft (PWC, aka “Jet Ski”) built by Energica in collaboration with Electric Revolution. Photo by Energica.
The prototype electric-powered PWC was recently demonstrated by Mariani himself before the start of the Regione Sardegna Grand Prix of Italy, the opening round of the UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship. Through its subsidiary Be-Charge, Plenitude (Eni) has signed an agreement with Energica Inside to bring its technology from road bikes to the nautical sector via the installation of charging stations in Italian ports.
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