Electric boats weekly roundup Apr 30 – May 6

A blue boat in front of an historic Monaco buildingSHOWS AND CONVENTIONS

The Nikola Motor Company, a world leader in both pure electric and hydrogen electric powertrains for semi-trucks, unveiled an all electric personal watercraft – the WAV – at its Nikola World 2019 presentations April 17.

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a blue jetski against a white backgroundPERSONAL WATERCRAFT / JETSKIS

The Nikola Motor Company, a world leader in both pure electric and hydrogen electric powertrains for semi-trucks, unveiled an all electric personal watercraft – the WAV – at its Nikola World 2019 presentations April 17.

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COMMERCIAL / SOLAR

Solar boat gets nod from solar airplane pioneer

The facebook post of Azura Marine Earth probably says it best:
“WE MADE IT!
After nearly one year of application process, our PlakMan, a solar-powered, emission-free sea plastic skimmer has received the label of “Efficient Solution” from the Solar Impulse Foundation and World Alliance for Efficient Solutions of Bertrand Piccard.”

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A black and white photograph of a man in a very small boat is in front of a montage of news photos from 1975THROWBACK THURSDAYS / SOLAR

ThrowbackThursday 1975: The world’s 1st Solarboat

In October of 1973 when the western world was shocked by the price of gasoline (petrol) resulting from OPEC oil embargo, one of the first ways people adapted to their new reality was by dropping or cutting back on using fuel for recreational purposes. Like boating.

In his excellent book, Electric Boats and Ships: A History, author Kevin Desmond relates how this led Mr. Alan Freeman of Rugby, England, to put together the world’s first solar powered boat, seen above.

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A red work boat goes through icy watersWORKBOATS / INBOARDS / OUTBOARDS

Look out for Norway’s new electric boat motors

Norway’s new electric boat motor company Evoy is racking up awards, investment and partnerships as it moves toward launch in the next few months.

Its vision is nothing less than to eliminate global boating emissions, and it is starting by putting together a range of electric inboard and outboards – from 75 to 670 kW (100 to 900hp) – for work boats in the aquaculture industry and then moving into faster planing hull boats.

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An artists version of an electric ferry with visitors aboard at the bottom of Niagara FallsCOMMERCIAL / FERRIES /  ELECTRIC

Niagara Falls’ Maid of The Mist going electric

One of the most incredible boat rides on the planet will be experienced in a ferry powered by electric motors in new versions of the ‘Maid of the Mist’ boats that take visitors to get drenched at the foot of thundering Niagara Falls.

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