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 19 of the most exciting all-electric and hybrid projects being built right now.

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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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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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)

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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

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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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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)

Silent Yachts 55

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 55ft 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 55 specifications

LOA: 54ft 8in (16.7m)
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)

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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