The Southampton Boat Show 2022 started late last week and carries on through to Sunday, September 25. Electric boats, motors and accessories are growing in importance at every boat show everywhere and the #SIBS2022 is no exception. Here’s the Plugboats look at some of the companies at this year’s event.
Southampton: September 17 – 25
The most notable aspect of the Southampton show in terms of electric boating is the range of sailing boat and yacht manufacturers who now have electric propulsion as an option or standard.
That doesn’t necessarily mean those companies will be showing their electric boats or electric boat options at Southampton, but it does mean that if you are attending the show, you can ask about them. Or you can click the Logo Tiles at the bottom of this article to visit their websites.
Some of the most elegant boats on water are by Spirit Yachts, who were commissioned to design and build Geist, a 34 metre (111 ft) sailing superyacht launched in 2021 that was outfitted with Torqeedo’s 100,000th electric motor.
Geist won two Boat International Design and Innovation Awards and the same owner then asked Spirit co-founder Sean McMillan to work with BAR Technologies on an equally stunning hydrofoil speedboat, the Electric Flyer.
Spirit is showing two new sailing yachts with electric motors at the Southampton show.
The 44ft (13.4m) Spirit 44CR has a lightweight (65kgs) Oceanvolt ServoProp15 sail drive with hydrogeneration and battery bank with 57.6kWh of capacity. The Spirit 30 has a Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 FP electric drive system powered by lithium ion batteries that can be recharged with hydrogeneration, shore power or shore power or through solar panels mounted over the cockpit cover. (Spirit 44CR photo: Richard Langdon)
Also showing at Southampton is Sweden’s Arcona Yachts, who accomplished a first for series-produced sailing yachts earlier this year: an electric motor as standard, not an option. The Arcona 415 has a 15 kW electric propulsion system from Oceanvolt, using itsaward-winning ServoProp hydrogeneration capabilities and 19kWh battery pack.
X-Yachts, one of Denmark’s best known sailing yacht manufacturers, launched their first electric propulsion model in in June, a 49 foot X4⁹E. It is also equipped with the Oceanvolt ServoProp and two 10kW electric saildrives that run on 48V.
Another sailboat manufacturer using the Oceanvolt system is Salona, who make electric propulsion available on a number of model. Their Salona 46 won the Best Green Boat Award about this time last year at the 2021 Newport International Boat Show.
While Fountaine-Pajot does not have an electric sailboat in production yet, they are doing all the right research to prepare. Back in 2019 they were working with Volvo Penta on an electric saildrive fitted into their Lucia 40 sailing catamaran, and they also have been gathering research data on a hydrogen fuel cell onboard generator from EODev installed in a Samaran 59. The plan is that the Aura 51 will be the first model to be offered with electric propulsion.
Coming all the way from Capetown, South Africa, to exhibit at the Southampton show is HOP Yachts with their new Hop 30 catamaran. The Hop 30 is designed with a single sail to make sailing as easy as can be for couples or families with young children perhaps not yet able to help out with a full rigging. The stability of a catamaran also adds to the friendly feel and there is no noise ever (other than the wind and waves) thanks to twin E-Propulsion Evo 6.0 pod drives with hydrogenation that are also solar panel ready.
Electric powerboats at Southampton
On the power boat side of things, one of the fastest-growing boat brands in the world, Finland’s Axopar, will be exhibiting. Electric boat enthusiasts will want to find out more about their partnership with Evoy, announced at the Cannes Yachting Festival and the electric Axopar they had out on the Mediterranean waters.
Pixii is a home grown electric boat manufacturer from Mudeford – about 25 kilometres from the Show. This will give the locals a chance to check out the company’s SP800 flagship model, an aluminum hulled dayboat paired with electric jet drives, perfect for shallow waters. The drives have 120kW of power and the company estimates a range of about 30Nm at 20 knots.
Torqeedo will have a booth at the show, also Lynch, displaying the axial flux ‘pancake’ motors. Thse two long time electric boat moto companies will be joined by a new distributor of Bellmarine products – Engines Plus.
Engines Plus has more than 10 years of experience in marine propulsion and diesel generators. Working with MIT driveline specialists, they will be showcasing a technology that combines Engines Plus marine generators with Bellmarine electric motors in a range of series hybrid solutions.
Directory of Electric Boat Exhibitors at Southampton Boat Show 2022
Click any tile for company information and links.
The Arcona 415 is one of the first series produced sailing yachts with electric propulsion as standard.
Electric propulsion is already available across all the Arcona fleet as an upgrade option and Arcona Yachts is proud to have the largest fleet of electric ‘zero emissions’ yachts on the water, the first being the Arcona 380Z launched in 2015.
Axopar has joined forces with Evoy motors to produce Evoy electric version of their Axopar 25. Jan-Erik Viitala, Founding Partner of Axopar, says “Our partnership with Evoy is a perfect example of two great companies, on a joint mission, to expand the boating community and offer new ways of mobility for the future.”
UK and Eire distributors for Sole Diesel, Engines Plus, discovered that Sole was using Bellmarine and Transfluid electric propulsion, which ignited the idea of how this technology could be combined with Engines Plus marine generators to deliver an OEM range of series hybrid solutions.
A new route to market
As a partner and official reseller of Bellmarine, MIT had an established supply route to market for commercial vessels and saw the opportunity for a partnership with Engines Plus to serve the leisure marine sector. Similarly, Engines Plus had identified this development in technology and growth in the electric market. With their extensive knowledge of the leisure market, a partnership with MIT was formed.
Fischer Panda has manufactured electric and hybrid drive systems for houseboats, motor boats and yachts for more than 15 years now.
Electric drives from Fischer Panda are perfect for cruising on waters where conventional combustion engines are not permitted, both for monohull and multihull boats with one or two drives.
What we offer:
- Complete system from a single source
- Silent and vibration-free cruising
- Up to 100 % emission-free
- Sufficient power on board at all times
- Efficient Motor
- Unique manoeuvrability
- Professional 24 h customer support
- Extremely low cruising costs
The Fliteboard™ eFoil gives the sensation of flying over water. Fliteboard carves like a snowboard in fresh powder, but with the freedom to ride anywhere, anytime, without wind or waves. It’s fast, quiet, and emission free.
Fountaine Pajot is working on the deployment of electric motors for its sailing catamarans. This project should see the light of day in 2022 with the installation of electric motors on the Aura 51, the new 51-foot catamaran designed by Fountaine Pajot.
The Garmin Force trolling motor has the power to move you from spot to spot more quickly and stand up better to winds and currents — and it’s still whisper quiet. The high-efficiency brushless motor operates at either 36 V or 24 V. When running at 24 V, it delivers comparable thrust to our competitors’ 36-V motors.
Apart from unplugging the shore power cable, there’s very little else you need to do before setting sail. Our new HopYacht 30 catamaran makes sailing more relaxed, by simplifying the things that make traditional yachts feel like hard work.
Equipped with electric sail drives not only eliminates fossil fuel pollution, there’s also no noise pollution. The motors are whisper quiet and re-charged by solar panels on the cabin top, plus hydro-generation whilst under sail. HopYacht is truly eco-sensitive.
Established in 1990, we are innovators and leaders in the design and manufacturing of highly efficient and reliable electric motors suitable for marine, vehicle, robotic, industrial, hybrid and traction industry.
Marine Energy Systems are the approved UK systems and generator distributor for WhisperPower.
At WhisperPower we are driven by a distinctive challenge: our products like OctoPower & Generators are only seen as perfect when you can neither see nor hear them.
Marlec is the longest standing micro wind turbine manufacturer in the world. Our first Rutland Windcharger was installed in 1978 and we were soon exporting around the globe.
We incorporated solar panels into our customer offer just a few years later and we now offer leading brands of photovoltaic panels as well as our own SpectraSolar label.
We have an unrivalled experience in small scale off grid energy and our team are experts at designing and specifying systems from simple leisure battery charging uses to complex and critical applications for professional equipment.
A greener solution to diesel power.
Are you looking for an emission-free quiet propulsion solution? We have the answer. Save time and your impact on the environment with our marine electric propulsion solutions from Bellmarine.
Bellmarine offers a range of turnkey electric propulsion systems for both leisure and commercial vessels operating 2-55kW motor level and up to 130kW at a system level.
Environmentally friendly propulsion.
We have a range of electric outboards, electric inbounds, electric motors and hybrid drive systems that can be fitted to new vessels and as a retrofit package. The Bellmarine motors deliver high torque and are very quiet in operation. Each of the Bellmarine products come in an air-cooled or water-cooled variant to cater for all duty cycles, light to heavy.
Location: Kent, East Yorkshire and Southampton, U.K.
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We make electric boats from recyclable materials. Because long-term sustainability is the future of boating.
Today’s boats and recreational vehicles have an ever increasing demand for electrical power. A quality electrical system is required to ensure reliability, efficiency and safety in even the most remote locations.
Power-Store is owned by Merlin Equipment Ltd. Merlin were the pioneers of modern electrical systems, being among the first to introduce revolutionary products like inverters, high output alternators, battery monitors and AGM batteries to the UK market. Today, Merlin provides the power systems to many of the UK emergency services vehicle fleets. Our own-manufactured power management products are also standard fit on military vehicles including the US Abrams main battle-tank.
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RS PULSE 63
WORLD’S FIRST RIB WITH A FULLY INTEGRATED ELECTRIC DRIVE
RS Electric Boats is the sister company of RS Sailing, which has drawn upon 25 years of boat design experience and worked with some of the best UK suppliers and manufacturing partners to bring this revolutionary electric RIB to market.
Location: Romsey, England
The Salona S46 is the first boat in the Salona range to feature the Oceanvolt clean electric propulsion system.
The Salona S46 combines the best technology, design, quality, and comfort with absolutely stunning looks, making her an inevitable partner in discovering the divine blue horizons. More than a thousand years of shipbuilding experience, knowledge and passion, passed from generation to generation, is incorporated in our brand. Strong and light structure, which is a consequence of the advanced building techniques, such as vacuum infusion of the hulls and decks, results in surpassing sailing performance.
Energised by the sun!
Driven by a passion for the sun’s renewable energy, we are constantly looking for new and exciting ways to extend the usage of ‘off grid’ solar solutions to power our everyday lives.
Our focus on research and development means we blaze a trail for the versatility of solar lighting and power solutions and we are first to market with many of our products.
Plus, our commitment to continuous improvement and innovation has earned us coveted brand leadership positions in a number of key markets including leisure (caravan, motorhome, camping, glamping and marine), farming and equestrian.
Spirit Yachts is the world leader in modern classic yacht design and build. Based in Suffolk on the east coast of the UK, Spirit Yachts has a portfolio of customised, wooden sail and power yachts ranging from day sailors to superyachts.
Spirit Yachts displayed two electric drive sailing yachts at this year’s Southampton Boat Show as part of Spirit Yachts’ drive to lower the carbon footprint of its yachts: a new Spirit 44CR (cruiser racer) and a Spirit 30.
Super B high-end Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries (LiFePO4) are developed and manufactured to outperform lead-acid batteries on the road, on the water or off-the-grid. Our lithium batteries offer a tremendous amount of energy in a small, lightweight and maintenance-free box that’s robust, safe and reliable.
At TEMO, we believe that the pleasure of boating should not stop or slip away due to logistical constraints. This is why we fight every day to provide solutions capable of erasing the arduousness of boaters and allow them to refocus fully on their practice.
With the TEMO dinghy engine, ensure a zero stress experience and 100% pleasure!
Electric drives for sailors
Torqeedo offers electric drives for sailboats from dinghies to yachts up to 120 feet: compact and powerful outboards, light and space-saving pod drives, one of the most powerful electric saildrives on the market, and the world’s first fully integrated hybrid propulsion and energy management system from industrial production.
Electric drives for motorboats
Enjoy a clean and quiet life on the water. Outboards from our Travel and Cruise series offer up to 20 horsepower of lightweight and emission-free fun. Need more power? Deep Blue, the first industrially produced, high-performance electric drive system for motorboats is available as outboard and inboard systems up to 100 kW.
Electric motors for kayaks
The ideal kayak fishing motor is quiet, lightweight, efficient and durable. Your Ultralight will take you to remote fishing grounds and allows easy, hands-free manoeuvring. On touring kayaks and canoes, the Ultralight serves as a compact range extender for extended tours and expeditions.
Electric boat drives for professionals
Reliability, efficiency and safety are critical when choosing propulsion for a commercial vessel – as are low and predictable fuel and maintenance costs. Torqeedo offers fully integrated, standards-compliant, high-tech drive systems at a competitive total cost of ownership.
Bellmarine is a Dutch brand and historical leader in electric marine propulsion and more besides; With a concentration on the European market with over 4000 systems installed in various types of applications.
Transfluid S.p.A., an Italian company, has been manufacturing power transmission products for over 60 years and is well established in the market thanks to its organisation of subsidiaries and distributors around the world. Transfluid has developed a complete range of hybrid propulsion systems and produces permanent magnet electric machinery.
Established in 2018, the new company Transfluid North Europe B.V. combines the experience and knowledge of the two companies; both share a vision orientated towards the future with environmentally friendly propulsion, for marine and industrial applications, the natural evolution of their technologies.
The merger between the two companies now enables proposal of electrical and hybrid solutions suitable for any type of boat or industrial vehicle, covering a unique range of powers worldwide.
Ultramax Batteries Limited is a subsidiary of Baruch Enterprises Ltd. The company manufactures and distributes over 150m battery cells a year.
Ulltramax Batteries Limited is based in London (UK) where it fully owns and operates 2.3 acres of office, warehousing and factory space.The company owns and operates two production facilities in London and the Far East . UltraMax’s production facility in the Far-East exclusively focuses on the manufacture of custom Lithium ion and Lithium Phosphate battery packs for OEM manufacturers. Company operates two factories in china and in UK employing several R&D engineers.
More detailed information on any product can be obtained on request. Our technical sales department will always give unbiased advice on the battery most suitable for a particular requirement or any other product we manufacture.
Peace and quiet on the water with only the sound of the waves. With the new E-LINE from VETUS you can enjoy nature at its best. Think of the noise level of a sailing boat with the manoeuvrability of a motorboat.
The E-LINE from VETUS is compact, complete, highly efficient, plug & play and suitable for both new builds and re-powering. The E-LINE drive works with the V-CAN bus system and meets all current and future emission requirements.
A well performing energysystem is an absolute must in a pleasure yachts. A wide variety of products and systems can be supplied from stock including sine wave inverters, battery chargers and long life batteries. WhisperPower’s sister company Hybrid Power Systems BV is the premium company to offer combined hybrid propulsion systems from 25 kW – 250 kW.
A new range of electric powered sailboats is a natural step for X-Yachts in order to support a greener future. Based on our path of 42 years of innovative yachts and heritage, combined with Danish green and sustainable energy.
Every X-Yacht is designed with performance in mind – and the X4⁹E is no exception. The X4⁹E is the first X-Yacht built as a hybrid-powered yacht. It is fitted with 2 x 10 kW electric saildrives, a 28,8 kWh Lithium battery bank and an onboard DC generator with a capacity of 11 kW.
The hybrid concept is chosen to make long-distance crossings possible without worrying about distance limitations. A pure electric solution is also available if limited distance under engine can be accepted.
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