Best electric boats: A-Z of the top hybrid and all-electric models

Electric boats are here and they are quietly turning heads all over the world, we pick out 27 of the most exciting all-electric and hybrid projects being built right now.

Additional reporting by Howard Walker

Electric boats and hybrid powertrains are by no means a new concept in the marine world, but the latest generation of electric boats is proving that this technology is no longer something to look forward to in the future, electric boats are a viable option right now.

Here at MBY.com, we’ve been following the electric boats revolution with intent for over a decade and now there are enough models on the market to make this style of boat a true competitor to conventional diesel and petrol-powered boats.

Read on for our round-up of the best electric boats currently in build.

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Near silent cruising at 5-7 knots is the electric Alfastreet’s forte

Alfastreet 28 Cabin

These Polish-built boats are now a common sight on the Thames where their elegant lines, large sociable cockpits and clever lifting hard tops make them ideally suited to lazy days afloat.

Although most of them are available with powerful petrol outboard or sterndrive engines for fast coastal passages, Alfastreet also offers factory-fit electric versions of all its models for inland use.

Designed for slow speed displacement cruising, these are built for slipping along silently at 5-6 knots with zero emissions rather than rushing about at speed.

The top-of-the-range Alfastreet 28 Cabin, for example, is powered by twin 10kW motors for a top speed of around 7.5 knots and an estimated cruising range of 50nm at 5 knots from its twin 25kWh batteries.

Alfastreet 28 Cabin specifications

LOA: 28ft 3in (8.61m)
Motor: 2 x 10kW
Battery: 2 x 25kWh
Top speed: 7.5 knots
Range: 50nm
Price: Approx £150,000 (inc. VAT)

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ARC One

Ski boats are all about instant-on torque to punch you out of the hole and leap on the plane. New California start-up Arc Boat Company is ensuring its upcoming Arc One ski boat will do just that, courtesy of its honking 350kW electric motor.

In case you’re wondering, that’s the equivalent of 475hp. Or around twice the juice on tap in the highest-capacity Tesla Model S. It also means a top speed of 40mph, and enough amps to keep you skiing or wake-boarding for up to five hours.

The aluminium-hulled 24-footer, with seats for 10, is the first offering from Los Angeles-based Arc, which is being headed-up by Tesla’s former head of manufacturing. He’s expecting the first boats to be delivered, with custom trailer included, this summer.

ARC One specifications

LOA: 24ft (7.3m)
Motor: 350kW
Battery: 200 kWh
Top speed: 35 knots
Range: 160nm at 35 knots
Starting price: $300,000 / £226,000

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The Boesch 750 offers all the style, heritage and performance you could wish for, and an electric motor

Boesch 750 Portofino Deluxe

This exclusive Swiss yard has been in business since 1910 building elegant retro sportsboats for lake and sea use.

Unlike Riva, it still builds exclusively in wood using a lightweight mahogany laminate construction that it claims is as strong and easy to maintain as a modern GRP hull.

All its craft use a traditional mid-mounted engine with a straight shaft propeller and rudder steering for maximum reliability and a flat trim angle, making them well suited for use as ski boats.

The current range comprises six models from 20ft to 32ft, however only the models up to 25ft are available with electric engines.

The top-of-the-range electric model, the Boesch 750 Portofino Deluxe, has twin 50kW Piktronik motors giving a top speed of 21 knots and a range of 14nm.

Boesch 750 Portofino Deluxe specification

LOA: 24ft 7in (7.5m)
Motor: 2 x 50kW
Battery: 2 x 35.6kWh
Top speed: 21 knots
Range: 14nm @ 20 knots
Price: €336,000 (ex. VAT)

Candela C-7

If you want to know how it really feels to drive one of these amazing vessels then you can watch our test drive review above, but that is only the start of it.

The company is already working on a larger, more practical C-8 model that can be built on a production line in higher volumes, helping to bring the price down and speed up its roll out.

If any electric boat builder deserves to be called the Tesla of the seas, it is this one, not just because it has proved decisively that electric boats can be fast and fun with a useful cruising range but also because it has pushed the boundaries of technology with its revolutionary but easy-to-use active foiling system.

Candela C-7 specification

LOA: 25ft 3in (7.7m)
Motor: 55kW
Battery: 40kWh
Top speed: 30 knots
Range: 50nm @22 knots
Price: €265,000 (ex. VAT)

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Duffy Sun Cruiser 22

You can’t talk about electric boats and not talk about Duffy. Since 1970, more than 14,000 of these surrey-topped, genteel bay and lake cruisers have been sold. In Duffy’s home port of Newport Beach, California, there’s an estimated 3,500 of them running around. It’s simply the world’s best-selling electric boat.

Beautifully-built, with cushy seats for 12, a built-in fridge, and a multitude of cupholders, the top-selling Duffy 22 makes the perfect cocktail-hour cruiser.

Don’t expect to get anywhere in a hurry. Top speed is a heady 5.5 knots courtesy of a 48-volt electric motor amped by a bank of 16 six-volt batteries.

One especially cool feature is Duffy’s patented Power Rudder set-up. This integrates the electric motor with the rudder and the four-bladed prop, allowing the whole assembly to rotate almost 90 degrees for easier docking.

Duffy Sun Cruiser 22 specifications

LOA: 22ft (6.7m)
Motor: 1 x 50kW
Battery: 16 x 6-volt
Top speed: 5.5 knots
Range: 40nm at 5.5 knots
Starting price: $61,500 / £47,000

DutchCraft DC25

Part superyacht tender, part dive boat, part family cruiser, the tough-as-nails, all-electric DC25 from Dutch builder DutchCraft, makes a truly versatile day boat.

With choices of either standard 89kWh electric motor, or optional 112 or 134kWh versions, the DC25 can run at its 32-knot top speed for up to 75 minutes. Or for up to six hours at a more sedate six knots.

And this carbon-hulled 26-footer is brimming with cool features. Like the forward-folding hardtop – perfect for parking the boat in your home garage or garage in your superyacht. That, and the power-down bow section for making grand entrances on St. Trop’s Pampelonne Beach.

DutchCraft DC25 specifications

LOA: 23ft 6in (8m)
Motor: Up to 135kW
Battery: 89/112/134 kWh
Top speed: 23.5 knots
Range: 40 miles at 20 knots
Starting price: €545,000 / £451,000

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Frauscher 740 Mirage

The tag line for this Austrian yard is ‘Engineers of Emotion since 1927’, and given the effect its boats tend to have on casual observers, let alone the person sitting behind the helm, we’re inclined to agree.

Simply put, it builds some of the best looking boats on the market, combining rakish proportions with cutting-edge style and exquisite detailing.

Although it builds petrol-powered boats up to 39ft offering searing performance, it also offers most of its smaller craft with the option of silent, emissions-free electric power.

The Frauscher 740 Mirage is a perfect example of this, offering two different electric Torqeedo motors of either 60kW or 110kW.

The more powerful of these delivers a top speed of 26 knots and a range of 17-60nm depending on how fast you go.

Frauscher 740 Mirage specification

LOA: 24ft 6in (7.47m)
Motor: 1 x 60-110kW
Battery: 40-80kWh
Top speed: 26 knots
Range: 17-60nm @ 26-5 knots
Starting price: €216,616 (ex. VAT)

Greenline 40

Slovenian-based Greenline Yachts can lay claim to kickstarting the current trend for electric boats. Way back in 2008 it launched the first affordable diesel electric hybrid boat, a formula it has been refining and improving ever since.

Greenline now offers an extensive range of cruisers from 33ft to 68ft, all of which are available with all-electric as well as hybrid or conventional diesel power.

The mid-range Greenline 40 is a fine example; the all-electric version is powered by twin 50kW motors giving it a top speed of 11 knots and a range of up to 30nm at 7 knots with a small 4kW range extender increasing that to 75nm at 5 knots.

However, if you need more flexibility the Hybrid model is fitted with twin 220hp Volvo D3 diesel engines boosting the speed to 22 knots but still allowing electric-only cruising at 5 knots for up to 20nm.

Greenline 40 specification

LOA: 39ft 4in (11.99m)
Motor: 2 x 50kW
Battery: 2 x 40kWh
Top speed: 11 knots
Range: 30nm @ 7 knots
Price: €445,000 (ex. VAT)

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The Hardy Hybrid 42 offers the best of both diesel and electric power

Hardy Hybrid 42

This sturdy British trawler yacht may seem like an unlikely contender for electrification but new owners Cockwells are used to building bespoke superyacht tenders and had no qualms about adapting this timeless design to hybrid power at the request of a customer.

It still has a single 440hp Yanmar diesel shaftdrive engine for powering across the Channel at speeds of up to 16 knots but once in the waterways of Europe it can switch to electric power, using its 20kW motor to slip silently along at 5-6 knots for up to two hours on battery power alone.

Once this is depleted a small generator kicks in to keep the motor spinning while recharging the batteries. If you like the idea of electric cruising but without having to compromise on range and sea-keeping, this could be the answer.

Hardy Hybrid 42 specifications

LOA: 45ft 9 in (14.0m)
Motor: 440hp diesel, 20kW electric
Top speed: 16 knots
Range: 10nm, electric only
Starting price: £954,000 (inc. VAT)

Hermes Speedster E

Inspired by the curvy lines of Porsche’s classic 1950s 356 Speedster, this achingly-gorgeous Hermes Speedster from UK-based Seven Seas Yachts, has been spinning heads since 2017.

The rakish, Greek-built 22-footer typically comes with a 115hp Rotax Biggles-style motor doing the powering. But more recently it’s been offered with an eco-friendly, 100kW electric motor juiced by a 30 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

Flat out it’ll do just over 30 knots. But throttle back to a more leisurely five knots and it’ll glide in stealthy silence for up to nine hours on a charge. Perfect for a trip up the Thames.

And for lovers of retro, it boasts a curvy chrome-framed windscreen, chrome-ringed gauges in a hand-stitched leather dash, bucket front seats in glove-soft marine leather, and chrome air intakes on the rear deck. A nautical piece of art? You bet.

Hermes Speedster E specifications

LOA: 22ft (6.7m)
Motor: 100kW
Battery: 1 x 35kWh
Top speed: 30 knots
Range: 50nm at 5 knots
Price: $269,000 / £203,000

Hinckley Dasher

Mention the name Hinckley and you immediately conjure-up an image of gorgeous teak-and-stainless, water-jet-thrusted Picnic Boats. But the legendary New England builder has been looking to the future and investing big in electric power.

Its first offering is the sleek 28-foot, all-electric Dasher that comes complete with a BMW-developed lithium-ion battery pack and twin 80hp Torqeedo Deep Blue motors. The high-tech combo can punch the Dasher to a top speed of 23.5 knots. Ease back to seven knots and it’ll run for over five hours on a charge.

Available as an open-deck, fishing-focused runabout, or classic-style windshielded day boat, the Dasher is a hand-built Hinckley bow to stern.

That said, while the boat still looks like it oozes with mirror-varnished teak and stainless fittings, the teak is actually hand-painted composite, the stainless is 3D-printed titanium. That flag-blue hull? Made of carbon-epoxy composites with carbon stringers.

Hinckley Dasher specifications

LOA: 28ft 6in (6.7m)
Motor: 2 x 50kW
Battery: 40kWh
Top speed: 23.5 knots
Range: 40 miles at 20 knots
Starting price: $545,000 / £412,000

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The compact Magonis E-550 is a refreshinghly affordable electric option

Magonis Wave e-550

Spanish newcomer Magonis may not be the prettiest electric boat on the market but it is certainly one of the most affordable, with prices starting from as little €33,485 inc VAT.

Admittedly that only buys you the least powerful displacement-only 4kW version but even the most powerful 30kW model starts at a relatively modest €68,960 and boasts a top speed of 22 knots.

The key to its performance is a lightweight resin-infused hull that weighs just 335kg, which is powered by off-the-shelf electric outboards from Torqeedo and Mag Power.

Despite its diminutive proportions the squared-off bow means it is Category C rated for up to six people. Battery sizes vary from 10kWh to 23kWh according to engine power, giving a range of up to 60nm at 5 knots.

Magonis Wave e-550 specifications

LOA: 18ft 0in (5.50m)
Motor: 1 x 4 – 30kW
Battery: 1 x 10 – 23kWh
Top speed: 22 knots
Range: 30nm @ 3 knots
Starting price: €33,485

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The Marian M800 doesn’t make any compromises on style or speed

Marian M800 Spyder

This Austrian yard only manufactures all-electric boats so they can be designed from the ground up to suit the packaging requirements of the battery and motor rather than having to accommodate big petrol or diesel engines too.

The result is a supremely elegant range of retro-inspired sportsboats from 19ft to 26ft, as well as a more prosaic lake cruiser. The latest M800 Spider, launched at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival, is its prettiest boat yet, rivalling the Riva Iseo for sheer style.

With each boat being built to order, you can specify anything from a 10kW electric motor and affordable 200Ah AGM batteries for lake use up to a 150kW motor and 125kWh lithium ion batteries for a top speed 34 knots (waterskiing is also possible) and a range of 30nm at 16 knots.

Marian M800 Spyder specifications

LOA: 25ft 9in (7.90m)
Motor: 1 x 10-150kW
Battery: 10-125kWh
Top speed: 34 knots
Range: 30nm @16 knots
Starting price: €238,560

Navier N27

Anyone who has watched America’s Cup boats in action will know foiling does wonders for performance, which is the thinking at Silicon Valley-based Navier, which is currently developing one very cool, and very clever, hydro-foiling electric dayboat, the Navier N27.

With its retractable foils and twin 50kW electric motors connected to a 80kWh battery bank, the carbon-hulled Navier can soar four feet above the waves at over 30 knots. Throttle back to 20 and the projected range is over 75 nautical miles.

Navier plans to have its first production boat built by the end of the year, with pricing starting at around $300,000. Take your pick from a Cabin version or open Hardtop.

Navier N27 specifications

LOA: 27ft (7.5m)
Motor: 2 x 50kW
Battery: 80kWh
Top speed: 30 knots
Range: 75 miles at 20 knots
Starting price: From $300,000 / £226,000

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Nimbus 305 Coupe E-Power

Legendary Swedish yard Nimbus is renowned for its thoughtfully designed and sturdily built boats and the 305 Coupe is no exception.

Although originally designed for conventional combustion engines, it has been successfully adapted for electric use with the aid of a Torqeedo Deep Blue electric motor and a pair of 12.8kWh lithium ion batteries.

The recommended cruising speed is a modest 5.7 knots giving a range of 22nm at this speed but this can be almost doubled with the aid of a second optional battery.

Nimbus 305 Coupe E-Power specifications

LOA: 33ft 3in (10.07m)
Motor: 1 x 25kW
Battery: 1x 40kWh
Top speed: 6.5 knots
Range: 22nm @ 5.7 knots
Starting price: €265,000 (ex. VAT)

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Pixii’s aluminium hull and powerful battery should deliver impressive range and performance

Pixii SP800

Although this budding British brand has yet to launch one of its pretty new Pixii SP800 electric sportsboats, the first one is already in build on the Isle of Wight.

Featuring a light but strong aluminium hull with either one or two electric motors linked to a jet drive and what is said to be a class-leading 150kWh battery pack, it has all the ingredients of a formidable contender.

We’ll have to wait to see if it lives up to its maker’s claims of a 40-knot top speed, but if it does, it would make it one of the fastest electric production boats on the market.

It even has the option of a remote anchoring system that lets you jump off onto a beach then drive it out into deeper water before dropping the hook!

Pixii SP800 specifications

LOA: 24ft 6in (7.5m)
Motor: 2 x 25kW
Battery: 1x 150kWh
Top speed: 40 knots
Range: 100nm @14 knots
Starting price: £114,000 (inc. VAT)

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Pure Watercraft Pontoon

Since 2011, Seattle-based Pure Watercraft was just another tech start-up trying to develop a zero-emission electric outboard. That was until last November when automotive behemoth General Motors invested $150 million to take a 25 per cent stake in the company.

Now GM will share its fast-evolving battery technology to help Pure move forward with its already cutting-edge Pure 25kW sterndrive-like outboard motors. Right now they’re available with one or more 8.8kWh GM battery packs.

To showcase its new GM partnership, Pure has just unveiled its first Pure Electric boat, a 25-foot pontoon boat with twin outboards that’ll cruise for 26 miles at 20 knots or 120 miles at five knots.

Pure is taking orders on the Pontoon – seen here as an early, bare-bones prototype – with first deliveries set for later this year. With pontoon boat sales booming, especially in the US, the future for Pure looks electrifying.

Pure Watercraft Pontoon specifications

LOA: 24ft. 7in (7.5m)
Motor: 25kW
Battery: 8.8kWh
Top speed: 20 knots
Range: 120nm at 5 knots
Starting price: $45,000 / £34,000

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Q-Yachts Q30

This Finnish yard was established in 2016 with the idea of developing an elegant electric boat that gave the same swift, silent cruising experience as a high-end sailing boat but without having to worry about sails and crew.

The result is the Q30, a stylish open day boat with striking minimalist looks and a super efficient hull shape that allows it to slip through the water at speeds up to 14 knots, making almost no noise or wake.

It’s powered by a pair of 10kW Torqeedo motors and a relatively meagre 30kWh battery but such is its efficiency that it will cruise for 10 hours at 6 knots or 5 hours at 9 knots.

Q-Yachts Q30 specifications

LOA: 30ft 6in (9.3m)
Motor: 2 x 10kW
Battery: 30kWh Top speed 14 knots
Range: 60nm @ 6 knots,
Starting price: €183,000 (ex. VAT)

Rand Escape 30

Rand’s sustainable approach to boating doesn’t just mean all its craft are available with the option of electric motors, it also means using recycled plastic bottles as the foam core in its sandwich-construction hulls.

The Danish yard builds a range of different boats from the cute little Picnic 18 to the formidable new Escape 30. The latter comes with the option of three different electric options including a monstrous 460kW (616hp) motor with a 234kWh battery pack.

This should be enough to reach speeds in excess of 50 knots, although slower cruising will help extend the range considerably.

Rand Escape 30 specifications

LOA: 30ft 4in (9.25m)
Motor: 50-460kW
Battery: 40-240kWh
Top speed: 50 knots
Range: TBC
Starting price: €231,900

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RS Pulse 63

RS Sailing is the first British yard to offer a production ready electric planing RIB in the form of the RS Pulse 63. With a super efficient hull design by Jo Richards, the man behind the hugely successful RS range of sailing dinghies, and styling by superyacht studio Design Unlimited, it looks like a really enticing package.

Power comes from a brand new 40kW RAD propulsion system, that claims to be safer and more efficient than an exposed propeller, linked to a bespoke 46kW Hyperdrive battery pack.

This delivers a top speed of 23 knots and a range of 25-100nm miles depending on speed but can be further increased with the aid of an optional extra 23kWh battery pack.

RS Pulse 63 specifications

LOA: 20ft 8in (6.30m)
Motor: 1 x 40kW
Battery: 46kW
Top speed: 23 knots
Range: 25-100nm @ 20-5 knots
Starting price: £82,800 (inc. VAT)

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SAY Carbon Yachts 29 E

As the name suggests, this German yard is renowned for its ultra light, high performance carbon fibre craft and it’s these same properties that make the SAY Carbon Yachts 29 E such a compelling electric craft.

This slender, low draught speed machine weighs less than two tonnes all up, including a powerful 360kW Kreisel electric motor and 120kWh battery.

Hardly surprising then that it also holds the record for the world’s fastest production electric boat after scorching to a top speed of 50 knots on an Austrian lake in 2018.

Use the power more sparingly and the yard claims a range of 25nm at 22 knots, while a built in 22kW charger delivers a full recharge in just six hours.

SAY Carbon Yachts 29 E specifications

LOA: 29ft 0in (8.85m)
Motor: 1 x 360kW
Battery: 120kWh
Top speed: 50 knots
Range: 25nm @ 22 knots
Starting price: €396,460 (ex. VAT)

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Silent Yachts 60

The beauty of these substantial cruising catamarans is not just that they are powered by virtually silent electric motors, but that they can be charged by the sun as well.

Solar panels mounted on the coachroof and hard top deliver enough charge to top up the batteries when the boat is on its berth or at anchor, while underway they help extend its range or even drive the motors directly, albeit at very slow speeds.

A diesel generator provides a further boost if needed. The current Silent Yachts range spans from 69ft to 80ft, providing expansive accommodation across three decks.

The ‘baby’ of the range comes with a choice of three different electric drivetrains; the standard Cruiser model has twin 50kW motors and a 150kWh battery for a top speed of 14 knots, while the top spec E-Power+ has a pair of 250kW motors and a 300kWh battery for a top speed of 20 knots.

Silent 6o specifications

LOA: 59ft 0in (17.99m)
Motor: 2 x 50-250kW
Battery: 150-250kW
Top speed: 14-20 knots
Range: Unlimited (at low speed)
Starting price: €1.97 million (ex. VAT)

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Spirit 35 Foiler

A marriage of gloriously retro styling and cutting-edge foiling technology, the Spirit 35 Foiler has been commissioned as a chase-boat toy by the same European owner that took delivery in early 2020 of Spirit Yachts’ largest and most technologically advanced project to date, the 111ft super-sloop Geist.

She was drawn by Spirit Yachts’ CEO and chief designer Sean McMillan, who admits to taking his principal inspiration from a slightly smaller twice Gold Cup winning hydroplane of mid-1920s America called Baby Bootlegger, which sported a similar near-plumb bow, long varnished foredeck and a two-seat cockpit.

For the moment Spirit and BAR Technologies are choosing not to reveal details of the integral electric drivetrain partner, although have said there will be just the one propulsion unit. All they will say now is the claimed top speed is 27-28 knots, but the usual fast cruise speed will be in the low 20s, at which the quoted range is 100nm.

Spirit 35 Foiler specifications

LOA: 35ft (10.6m)
Motor: TBC
Battery: TBC
Top speed: 28 knots
Range: 100nm at 20 knots
Price: Available on application

Vita LION

Vita isn’t just a boat-building company, it also hopes to sell off-the-shelf electric drivetrains to other yards. Given the impressive performance and range of its own flagship LION model, this could prove a very smart move.

This elegant 10.5m day boat packs roughly the same amount of battery power as four Tesla 3 models and, thanks to a pair of 150kW electric motors linked to a single Mercury Bravo sterndrive, it goes like one too.

In fact Vita has to limit the amount of torque the motors put out to stop it shredding the gears. Despite this it maxes out at around 35 knots and can cruise for 90 minutes at 22 knots or almost 10 hours at 6-7 knots.

Vita LION specifications

LOA: 32ft 9in (10.5m)
Motor: 2 x 150kW
Battery: 235kWh
Top speed: 35 knots
Range: 33-70nm @ 22-7 knots
Starting price: £750,000 (ex. VAT)

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X-Shore Eelex 8000

Arguably the closest thing yet to a mainstream electric sportsboat, the X-Shore Eelex 8000 uses a relatively conventional planing shaft drive hull powered by a seriously punchy 225kW electric motor and an equally powerful 120kWh battery.

This delivers strong performance and an impressive range, but also the kind of solid sea-keeping you’d expect of a Swedish-built boat.

Manufactured using flax fibre in the hull and cork on the decks, the Eelex 8000 scores highly for sustainability as well as practicality thanks to a modular deck design that can be fitted with a variety of different seating options.

A second factory will soon boost production to over 440 boats a year.

X-Shore Eelex 8000 specifications

LOA: 26ft 2in (8.0m)
Motor: 225kW
Battery: 120kWh
Top speed: 35 knots
Range: 100nm @ 6 knots
Starting price: €249,000 (ex. VAT)

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ZIN’s waif-like sportsboat has a claimed range of 100nm at 13 knots

Zin Z2R

Seattle-based start-up Zin Electric Boats claims an astonishing range of up to 100nm for its pretty little Z2R sportsboats. Its secret is a super-lightweight all-carbon fibre hull that allows it to plane efficiently at just 13 knots.

As with many of these boats it is powered by Torqeedo’s 55kW electric motor linked to the same company’s 45kWh battery adapted from the BMW i3 electric car.

The first prototype reached a faintly terrifying 48 knots flat out but the production version is being limited to 30 knots to extend the range. Acceleration should still be lightning quick though thanks to the motor’s impressive torque.

Zin Z2R specifications

LOA: 20ft 0in (6.1m)
Motor: 55kW Torqeedo
Battery: 40kWh
Top speed: 30 knots
Range: 100nm @13 knots
Price: $250,000 (ex. VAT)

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Zodiac 450 e-jet

French RIB specialist Zodiac is developing an entire range of small, affordable electric RIBs in conjunction with Torqeedo, but in the meantime it has already started building a state-of-the-art electric jet-RIB, predominantly for use as a superyacht tender.

Powered by a 50kW Torqeedo Deep Blue motor with a 40kWh battery from the BMW i3 car driving a low drag water jet, it can reach a max speed of 30 knots.

It also boasts a useful 90 minutes of cruising time at 24 knots, equating to a range of 36nm. High quality Neoprene tubes, retractable seating and hand-sewn quilted seats help justify its price and intended target market.

The new 3.1m and 3.4m eOpen range won’t be quite as quick but will have a range of around 10nm at 12 knots, and with prices from €25,200, they’re more affordable.

Zodiac 450 e-jet specifications

LOA: 14ft 9in (4.5m)
Motor: 50kW Torqeedo Battery 40kWh
Top speed: 30 knots
Range: 36nm @ 24 knots
Price: €140,800 (ex. VAT)

First published in the December 2021 issue of MBY.


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