Twin electric motors is most definitely a game changer for the electric revolution on the water.
This blog explains why.
We at Green Yachts often think about what factors will accelerate the transition from boats with diesel and gas engines to electric. In our minds, there are four and we have in 2020, for the first time, checked off two of the four on the list.
We believe the four factors are:
- Twin electric motors
- Increased range from sustainable sources (better batteries, solar, hydrogen, etc)
- Boat redesign around electric propulsion
Historic anniversaries have always held a special fascination for me, especially if they mark a significant nautical achievement. In 1992, on the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ would-be voyage to India, I organized a transatlantic rally that followed the historic route of the three ships that left Palos de la Frontera in southwestern Spain in 1492, sailed to the Canaries and from there went to San Salvador in the Bahamas. We had 147 participants from all over the world, including several who came over from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Argentina specifically to take part in this event.
Similar in spirit was the round-the-world rally I organized in 1998 on the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama’s voyage around the Cape of Good Hope. After the start in Lisbon, the 32-boat fleet visited several Portuguese territories around the world, with our return to Lisbon coinciding with the opening of the Expo-98 world exhibition.
The introduction of the Loxo 32 electric cruiser is the result of a collaboration between France’s Pogo Structures sailboat producer and Oceanvolt, the Finnish manufacturer of electric drives, two companies known for innovative design and quality construction. Ratio Electric of the Netherlands supplied the charging and connection systems for the new craft.
Pogo Structures is known around the world for fast offshore racing and recreational sailboats with superb handling capabilities. The shipyard was founded in 1987 by Christian Bouroullec, who told Chasse Marée magazine last year how the unusual name came about:
Alex Thomson Racing has underlined its commitment to sustainability by declaring an ambition to race around the world without the use of fossil fuels.
Earlier this year the ocean racing team announced plans to build a brand new IMOCA 60 yacht, with the aim of becoming the first non-French team to win the iconic round-the-world Vendée Globe race in 2020-2021.
Now well into the build process of the multi-million pound boat, the team has declared its intention to switch to an electric motor, charged by onboard solar panel technology.
Partnering with Oceanvolt, a world leader in the manufacture of electric power and propulsion systems for boats, the racing team will integrate a state-of-the-art electric motor and batteries, designed to withstand the demands of a gruelling round-the-world campaign, whilst continuing to promote sustainability.
As green solutions continue to grow in popularity within the yachting market, the SuperyachtNews team are presented with new or developing environmental solutions on a seemingly daily basis. One of the more mature industry sectors in this regard is the superyacht tender market and, as electric propulsion solutions continue in develop, it is surely only a matter of time before the adoption of said technology is adopted. The most recent addition to the electric tender offering is the Q30 e-limousine from Q-Yachts.
Every sailor is familiar with the wet cough of the diesel engine, and the acrid smell of its exhaust. For some it’s the sign that an adventure is starting, for others it is the reassurance that all is well on board the boat. The traditional engine is perhaps your boat’s most important safety feature, but its days may be numbered.
The electric sailing revolution is coming – and though adoption in the marine sector is proving much slower than in the automotive world ashore, progress is being made.