Electric boats are here and they are quietly turning heads all over the world, we pick out 34 of the most exciting all-electric and hybrid projects being built right now.
This most recent edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival proved beyond doubt that electric boats are here to stay. What started as a trickle of electric craft over the past few years has turned into a torrent with everyone from Riva to Axopar jumping on the bandwagon.
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.
35 of the best electric boats in build right now
Alfastreet 28 Cabin
These Slovenian-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 boat 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
Price: Approx £150,000 (inc. VAT)
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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 electric boats to be delivered, with custom trailer included, this summer.
ARC One specifications
LOA: 24ft (7.3m)
Battery: 200 kWh
Top speed: 35 knots
Range: 160nm at 35 knots
Starting price: $300,000 / £226,000
Azimut Seadeck 6
Azimut has revealed details of a brand new range of hybrid powered motor yachts due to be launched next year. Called Azimut Seadeck, they are designed to take the yard and its customers a step closer to a fully sustainable future…
Based on ultra-efficient planing hulls with a 40% carbon fibre content to reduce weight, the Azimut Seadeck range will feature Volvo’s forthcoming diesel-electric hybrid drivetrains and roof-mounted solar panels.
This will allow them to run at slow speed on battery power alone but with diesel engines for faster speeds and longer journeys. Azimut says this will still enable them to reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 40% over an average year of mixed use.
Read more about the Azimut Seadeck range.
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 as electric boats.
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)
With a claimed range of 50nm at 22 knots, overnight accommodation for two and a more robust deep vee foiling hull, this new Candela C-8 could be the electric boats game-changer we were waiting for.
Whereas the Candela C-7 looked oddly dated for such a high-tech boat, the C-8 has a purity of line to it that is fresh, modern and distinctive. With its vertical bow, slender beam and subtly contoured topsides free of scoops, slats or unnecessary styling lines, it has a pared back simplicity to it that oozes confidence.
It doesn’t need to shout for attention because every pair of eyes will be glued to it the minute it rises onto its foils and flies silently past the assembled onlookers, leaving nothing but a lingering aura of astonishment hanging in the air.
New for 2023, the C-8 will now be available with an uprated 69kWh Polestar 2 Standard battery pack, which should considerably improve the range, and with the option of a center console deck layout.
Candela C-8 specifications
LOA: 27ft 11in (8.50m)
Motor: 45-55kW Candela C-Pod
Top speed: 24 knots
Price: €290,000 (ex. VAT)
Watch our full test drive review of the Candela C-8
Newcomer Cosmopolitan Yachts is hoping to shake up the market for large electric boats with a striking new 66ft (20.1m) solar-powered catamaran called the Cosmopolitan 66.
An all-aluminium multihull design, the Cosmpolitan 66 features a vast amount of interior space thanks to a maximum beam of 35ft (10.67m).
The outside deck spaces are just as generous, with entertainment terraces fore and aft as well as wide side decks and a huge, almost square flybridge.
Read more about the Cosmopolitan 66.
Cosmopolitan 66 specifications
LOA: 66ft (20.1m)
Motor: 2x 180kW
Top speed: 20 knots
The new Vripack-designed Delphia 10 is a very versatile yacht. You can spec it with either a diesel engine of up to 110hp or an electric shaft drive from 40 to 80hp.
You can also tailor the layout to your needs with one of three standard arrangements. The Delphia 10 Sedan is a traditional pilothouse model with walkaround side decks and a large cockpit settee.
The Lounge model (pictured) uses a fully open design, with plenty of seating and a forward cockpit, securely contained within elevated side decks. And the Lounge Top model uses a large flat hardtop that makes a great platform for boat solar panels.
Delphia 10 specifications
LOA: 32ft 1in (9.78m)
Beam: 11ft 5in (3.49m)
Engines: Single inboard electric 40-80hp / up to 110hp diesel
Top speed: 44 knots
Price: £229,950 (inc. VAT)
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
Four Winns H2e
Another member of the Beneteau Group vying to build the best electric boats, Four Winns will launch a 22ft model called the H2e in late 2022, which it claims is the first all-electric series production bowrider in the world.
Powered by a 180hp electric outboard motor from Vision Marine that promises a 35-knot top speed, the Four Winns H2e will get its American debut at the 2023 Miami Boat Show before going into full production in the summer.
Twin 700v batteries will be fitted, but there’s no word yet on the price or cruising range, but given Four Winns’ pedigree, you can expect the former to be very competitive indeed.
Four Winns H2e specifications
LOA: 22ft (6.7m)
Motor: 180hp Vision Marine electric outboard
Battery: 2x 700v
Top speed: 35 knots
Starting price: TBC
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
Top speed: 26 knots
Range: 17-60nm @ 26-5 knots
Starting price: €216,616 (ex. VAT)
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)
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)
Watch our full yacht tour of the Hardy Hybrid 42
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)
Battery: 1 x 35kWh
Top speed: 30 knots
Range: 50nm at 5 knots
Price: $269,000 / £203,000
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
Top speed: 23.5 knots
Range: 40 miles at 20 knots
Starting price: $545,000 / £412,000
Iguana Yachts has launched the world’s first battery-powered amphibious boat, called the Iguana Foiler. As if that weren’t enough, it also features folding foils and retractable caterpillar tracks.
The all-new 33ft Iguana Foiler is powered by a specially adapted version of Evoy’s new prototype 300hp electric outboard motor fed by a 120kWh lithium-ion battery bank.
To reduce drag and increase range, it rides on a pair of curved surface-piercing foils that fold down from each side and a third T-shaped foil at the rear fitted to a specially extended lower leg of the outboard.
Iguana Foiler specifications
Length: 32.8′ / 10m
Beam (min): 10′ / 3.1m
Engine: Single 300hp EVOY electric outboard
Top speed: 30 knots
Range: 50 miles
Capacity: 8 people
Read more about the Iguana Foiler
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
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
Top speed: 34 knots
Range: 30nm @16 knots
Starting price: €238,560
German start-up Mayla Yachts is close to launching the first of its outrageous all-electric performance boats, called the Mayla FortyFour. Based on a Petestep deep-vee hull platform, this ultralight carbon fibre electric boat promises top speeds of over 70 knots.
Twin 800kW dual-core electric motors deliver up to 2,150hp of power to tunnel-mounted surface drives and thanks to the 4,800Nm of torque on tap, the second you apply the throttles, acceleration should be fearsome.
Power comes from either an all-electric 500kWh lithium-ion battery or a smaller 400kWh battery backed up by a 400hp (300kW) diesel generator and fuel tank. This hybrid boat version should give a maximum range of 270nm at 30 knots.
Mayla FortyFour specifications
LOA: 44ft (13.4 m)
Beam: 10ft (3.0 m)
Water capacity: 200L
Power: Twin 400-800kW
Battery: 400-500 kWh Li-ion
Top speed: 70 knots
Cruising range: 70nm (electric / 270nm (hybrid)
Read more about the Mayla FortyFour
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 and Sergey Brin-backed Navier, which is currently developing one very cool, and very clever, hydro-foiling electric dayboat, the Navier N30.
With its retractable foils and twin 90kW 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, which Navier claims makes this the rangiest 30ft electric boat in the world.
You cake your pick from a Cabin version or open Hardtop, both of which come with a nifty self-docking feature (demonstrated in the video above). Navier says that the 2023 production run has sold out and it is already taking deposits on 2024 boats.
Navier N30 specifications
LOA: 30ft (9.1m)
Beam: 8ft 6in (2.6m)
Motor: 2 x 90kW
Top speed: 35 knots
Range: 75 miles at 20 knots
Starting price: From $300,000 / £226,000
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)
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)
Persico Zagato 100.2
Performance boat specialist Persico is set to launch its first all-electric superboat this year, called the Persico Zagato 100.2. Designed in collaboration with iconic automotive design house Zagato, the 26ft stunner is built around a revolutionary new steerable electric waterjet pod from Italian start-up Sealence.
The 100.2 part of the name celebrates Zagato’s second century in business, the new electric boat features a reverse bow, wraparound windshield, aft sunpad, rear bench-sofa and two front pilot seats, plus cuddy space beneath the foredeck.
However, it’s the ultra-efficient electric drivetrain that is likely to cause the biggest stir. The single 205kW Sealence DeepSpeed 420 steerable azipod is said to give the new boat a top speed of 43 knots and a cruising speed of around 24 knots, at which the range should be almost 50nm.
Persico Zagato 100.2 specifications
LOA: 25ft 11in (7.9m)
Motor: 205 kW electric integrated jet pod
Battery: 2x 83kWh
Top speed: 43.5 knots
Range: 47nm @ 24 knots
Starting price: TBC
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)
Beam: 7ft 3in (2.2m)
Motor: 2 x 10kW Torqeedo
Top speed: 14 knots
Range: 60nm @ 6 knots, 21nm @ 14 knots
Starting price: €183,000 (ex. VAT)
Rand Source 22
Rand Boats claims its new Rand Source 22 is one of the most affordable electric sportsboats on the market, as well as one of the fastest.
Two electric boat options enable it to cover both these extremes in addition to a range of inboard and outboard petrol and diesel engines of up to 250hp.
When propelled by Torqeedo’s Deep Blue 50 outboard, it will carry a price tag of less than €100,000 but when fitted with Rand’s much more powerful 170kW electric inboard it will be capable of short-burst speeds of up to 50 knots and sustained cruising at 28 knots.
Rand Source 22 specifications
LOA: 22ft (6.7m)
Top speed: 50 knots
Starting price: €63,900
Read more about the Rand Source 22
As its name suggests the El-Iseo is an all-electric version of Riva’s entry-level sportsboat, the gloriously retro 27 Iseo.
The heart of the El-Iseo is a 250kW Parker GVM310 electric motor that spins a Mercury Bravo Three XR sterndrive leg. The prototype is capable of 40 knots, much the same as it delivers with its usual 300hp petrol or diesel engine options.
However, those who have driven the electric version say it’s the acceleration that really stands out. The quoted range figures are one hour at 25 knots or 10 hours at five knots, meaning a range of 25nm at planing speeds or 50nm in displacement mode.
Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi says that they will not start selling the El-Iseo or commit to a price until they have thoroughly tested the prototype and are certain it will deliver the performance, safety and reliability expected of a Riva.
The production model will be packaged with the latest electronics including a smart management system that reduces speed when the battery runs low and collision-avoidance software. “If it is going to be a Riva, it has to be perfect,” said Galassi.
Riva El-Iseo specifications
LOA: 27ft (8.2m)
Top speed: 40 knots
Starting price: TBC
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
Top speed: 23 knots
Range: 25-100nm @ 20-5 knots
Starting price: £82,800 (inc. VAT)
Watch our sea trial video of the RS Pulse 63
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 (under 9m) 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 (8.85m)
Motor: 1 x 360kW
Top speed: 52 knots
Range: 25nm @ 22 knots
Starting price: €396,460 (ex. VAT)
Silent 28 Speed
Silent Yachts’ new electric-powered Silent 28 Speed was another new electric boat grabbing headlines at the 2022 Cannes Yachting Festival thanks to a claimed top speed of more than 60 knots and an impressive range of 70nm at 30 knots. The secret to its performance is a foil-assisted hull with unique surface-piercing propellers.
Pushed along by twin 100kW eD-QDrive electric motors hooked up to a 100kWh lithium-ion battery bank topped up by built-in solar panels, it demonstrates that serious performance is no longer the preserve of petrol powered boats. No price has been announced.
Silent 28 Speed specifications
LOA: 28ft (8.6m)
Motor: 2 x 100kW
Top speed: >60 knots
Starting price: TBC
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)
Top speed: 28 knots
Range: 100nm at 20 knots
Price: Available on application
Super Air Nautique GS22E
Based on the petrol-powered GS22 wake surf boat, the Super Air Nautique GS22E is packed with the best features available. These include a hydraulic folding wake tower, custom finishes, a configurable cockpit, and a customizable running surface that can change the characteristics from ski boat to wake surf or wakeboard use via a simple touchscreen at the helm. The boat can even be optioned with an electric stern thruster to make docking a doddle.
As well as being virtually silent underway, this electric boat version can offer up to three hours’ use on a single charge. The huge flat torque curve of the electric power plant perfectly suits tow sports use and onboard telemetry constantly monitors and reports the engine’s performance.
The significant $140,000 premium over the petrol powered version means this model will not be for everyone, however the emissions-free GS22E is the first of its kind and potentially the wake surf boat of the future.
Super Air Nautique GS22E specifications
LOA: 22ft / 6.7m
Motor: 1 x 220kW
Top speed: 37.5 knots
Range: 2-3hrs usage
Starting price: $312,952
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
Top speed: 35 knots
Range: 33-70nm @ 22-7 knots
Starting price: £750,000 (ex. VAT)
Watch our full sea trial review of the Vita LION
Typically, the brand new Voltari 260 electric boat is all about going fast. With its high-torque 740hp electric motor juiced by a 142kWh bank of lithium-ion Evereadys, it can slice and dice the waves at an impressive 52 knots.
But when there’s a world record to be broken, it’s worth a compromise or two. So, to claim the gong for covering the longest overseas distance in an electric “vehicle” on a single charge, the Voltari streaked along at a heady… 4.3 knots.
That meant covering the 91-miles between Key Largo, Florida, across the often-boisterous Gulf Stream, to Bimini in the Bahamas in what must have seemed an endless 20 hours. But it got the job done, and on a single charge.
Voltari 260 specifications
LOA: 28ft 11in (8.6m)
Top speed: 52 knots
Range: 91 miles @ 4 knots
Starting price: $450,000
Read more about the Voltari 260
The big claim for the new X Shore 1 is that it’s the first all-electric 30-knot sportsboat to be priced at under €100,000 ex taxes, making it the cheapest electric planing runabout in Europe.
With an LOA of 21ft 4in (6.5m), it is around 5ft shorter than the original X-Shore Eelex 8000 and €150,000 cheaper. It is powered by a 125kW electric motor with a single 63kWh Kreisel battery (the Eelex has a 225kW motor and two 63kWh batteries) but thanks to the 1’s smaller, lighter hull it boasts the same top speed of 30 knots and a similar range of 20nm at 20 knots or 50nm at 6 knots (the Eelex can do 100nm at low speed).
The X-Shore 1 is available either as an open boat with a half height windscreen or a semi-enclosed Top version with the aid of an extended windscreen, a small hard top and canopies protecting the helm.
Unlike the walkaround Eelex, it also has an enclosed foredeck with a cuddy underneath for overnighting. X-Shore expects deliveries to start in spring 2023.
X-Shore 1 specifications
LOA: 21ft 4in (6.5m)
Top speed: 30 knots
Range: 50nm @ 6 knots
Starting price: <€100,000 (ex. VAT)
Watch our full video tour of the X-Shore 1
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
Top speed: 30 knots
Range: 100nm @13 knots
Price: $250,000 (ex. VAT)
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)
Why these electric boats are just the tip of the iceberg…
With a network of fast chargers already in place along the French Riviera, and plans for many more in marinas all over Europe and the UK, it looks like the electric revolution is now fully under way.
“What a difference a year makes,” says MBY editor Hugo Andreae. “In 2021 the electric boats section of the Cannes show featured a small but expensive selection of craft that few could afford to take seriously.
“This year it was awash with boats of every size, shape and budget. Whether you’re a buyer or a builder, you can no longer afford not to take it seriously!”
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