Plugboats Newsletter: September 23 – Oct 10

September 23 – October 10

This is a sample of the newsletter that Plugboats subscribers receive on a regular basis – a round up of stories that recently appeared in the international journal of electric boats.  Use the sign up form on the right if you would like to be added as a subscriber

In this edition: A new all electric e-Regatta being launched in Venice, a new electric catamaran from France, two electric jetskis being introduced to the world, a radical new electric motor design, a cruise ship testing lithium ion batteries and the news that electric boat manufacturer X-Shore raised 1.5M Euros from 431 crowd funding investors.

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COMPETITIONS

An boat cruises in front of St. Mark's Square in Venice

Call for entries: new e-Regatta in Venice 2020

A new electric boat e-Regata in Venice has been announced to take place during the city’s 2nd International Boat Show next June at the historic Arsenale shipyard. The e-Regata initiative is being headed up by Inland Waterways International in concert with Kevin Desmond, author of Electric Boats and Ships: A History and founder of the VeniceAgenda2028 petition for the electrification of all boat traffic in the city’s canal.

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INVESTMENT
an X-Shore Eelex electric boat

X-Shore crowdfunding campaign nets $1.5M

UPDATE: October 10, 2019

When the crowdfunding campaign for electric boat maker X Shore closed at midnight on  October 9 the final tally was funding of €1.5 million – US$ 1.66M – raised through the FundedByMe platform. The amount is more than three times the goal of €475,000 set in July when this article was first posted and we started tracking the X-Shore campaign.

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CRUISING BOATS  / NEW MODELS

an electric catamaran with very high pntoons and walls of the interior

Bagoù – France’s radical new electric catamaran

With dual inverted bows to reduce drag and a wide space for dining, entertaining and swimming, this new electric catamaran is designed for a party of up to ten to enjoy a relaxing and quiet day on the water.

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MOTORS / RESEARCH

An engine that looks like a jet engine form an airplane but it is sitting in water

An Italian hydrojet to revolutionize electric boats?

DeepSpeed, an electric hydrojet engine used as an outboard rather than an inboard caused quite a stir at the Genoa Boat week with its efficiency and speed results.

The concept came about because the price of replacing a V8 fossil fuel motor on a boat owned by DeepSpeed founder William Gobbo in 2007 got him thinking that there must be a better, cleaner solution to getting  a boat through water.

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PERSONAL WATERCRAFT / NEW MODELS

An concept model electric jetski by SeaDoo

SeaDoo showcases concept electric jetski

It looks like the odds of an electric jetski showing up on your lake soon are going up considerably with BRP, maker of Sea-Doo, unveiling a battery powered model at its annual Club BRP conference.

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PERSONAL WATERCRAFT / NEW MODELS

a woman rides along the water on the Orca new electric jetski

Taiga Orca: New electric jetski shipping in 2020

Taiga Motors, the Canadian company behind the world’s first electric snowmobiles, unveiled their new electric jetski ‘Orca’ on the Toronto waterfront Tuesday with plans to ship the first production models in Spring 2020.

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CRUISE SHIPS / BATTERIES

The 6600 passenger cruise ship that will have batteries installed travels through the ocean

Li-ion batteries coming to Carnival cruise ship

AIDA Cruises, the German division of the world’s largest cruise line, will be installing a lithium-ion battery system from Canada’s Corvus Energy in a pilot program to explore the electrification of the cruising industry. The system will go into operation in 2020.

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