Milestone for Electric watercraft
This week, another speed barrier for battery-powered watercraft was shattered. 109 mph on Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri!
The new speed record equals around 175 km/h or 95 knots. The previous world record was 88, 6 mph (142 km/h set in 2019 by a Jaguar Vector racing boat at Lake Coniston in the UK.
This week’s world record-breaking boat, a 32-foot Hellkats Powerboat catamaran with twin Vision Marine E-Motion 180E electric outboards, was piloted by Shaun Torrente, two time Formula 1 H20 world champion driver and owner of Shaun Torrente Racing.
Custom made for electric speed
Vision Marine, in partnership with Hellkat Powerboats, developed the 32′ catamaran hull specifically designed to accommodate the necessary battery banks to power a pair of Vision Marine’s flagship E-Motion™ electric outboards with the sole intention of breaking new ground.
Vision Marine CEO and co-founder Alex Mongeon said in a press release announcing the new speed record:
We are here today to instill a new legacy by proving once again that a transition to electric power in the marine industry is at arm’s reach
The first fully electric powerboat to be launched in the market
Vision Marine has recently announced that they are entering a partnership with Groupe Beneteau, which will integrate the disruptive E-Motion onto various models across Group Beneteau’s brand portfolio.
The first collaboration between the two companies will be the launch of the world’s first fully electric powerboat, the 22″ Four Winns H2 OB runabout. The two companies will present the Four Winns H2 at the upcoming IBEX boat show in September 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
The electric craze is coming!
CEO of Vision Marine, Alex Mongeon, an avid speed boat racer himself Speed on the Water
People thought we were crazy, playing around with our little electric boats, but we’ve been learning and developing…so be careful, the electric craze is coming.
It looks like it is already here!
(Sources: Vision Marine, Plugboats, Electrek)