Check out these electric boats built by GM and ex-SpaceX engineers


Electric cars, trucks and buses have revolutionized their markets in recent years. To be continued: electric boats.

With a market that analysts expect to more than double to $7.8 billion by 2028, electric boats promise now-familiar benefits: reducing the impact of powerboats on the environment while offering a quieter ride without any smell of smoke. Some of the trade-offs may also sound familiar – critics say the amount of energy needed to propel a watercraft makes it difficult for them to reach high speeds or travel long distances.

That didn’t stop car giant General Motors from putting the spotlight on electric boats in November 2021, with a $150 million acquisition of a 25% stake in the outboard motor startup. Seattle-based electric on-board Pure Watercraft. In January, GM and Pure Watercraft unveiled the first product resulting from their partnership: an electric pontoon boat.

Here’s a look at that offering, along with other worthy electric boats — including one from a team of ex-SpaceX engineers — that are already causing a stir:

Pure Watercraft Electric Pontoon Boat

Pure Watercraft and General Motors unveiled this electric pontoon boat in January.

Source: Pure Watercraft

Pure Watercraft and GM’s electric pontoon boat is currently available for pre-order online, with just a $100 deposit – though ultimately you’ll have to pay at least $45,000 for a boat with a single outboard motor. board and $60,000 for two outboards.

The 25-foot, 9-inch-long boat is expected to accommodate up to 10 passengers. The single-motor version is billed as capable of a top speed of 14 miles per hour, compared to 23 miles per hour for the twin-motor version. Each motor is 25 kilowatts, all powered by a 66 kilowatt-hour GM automotive-grade battery.

The boats, which are also equipped with a Bluetooth-enabled throttle, are likely to have a range of up to 120 miles on the water, at an average speed of 5 miles per hour. This autonomy will decrease considerably for boats sailing at high speed.

The first deliveries to customers are expected at the end of 2022.

The Bow One

The Arc One can accommodate up to 12 people and has a starting price of $300,000.

Source: Arc One

Los Angeles-based Arc Boats is led by a team of former SpaceX engineers, including the company’s co-founder and chief technology officer, Ryan Cook, who was previously chief engineer of the Falcon 9 first and second stage rockets. from SpaceX.

Arc launched last year and has already raised over $30 million in funding from companies like Eclipse Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz, as well as celebrity investors like Will Smith, Kevin Durant, and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

In March, the company showed off a 24-foot all-electric cruiser called Arc One, featuring a massive 220 kWh electric battery – three times the size of a Tesla Model Y’s battery. This battery powers a 500 horsepower, allowing the electric outboard to reach top speeds of 40 miles per hour, according to Arc.

The Arc One features a lightweight aluminum hull and can accommodate up to 12 people, plus 60 cubic feet of storage space. The company says you’ll get around three to five hours of cruise time per charge.

The boat comes with a hefty starting price: $300,000. You can reserve one with a $1,000 deposit on the company’s website. Deliveries are expected to begin this summer.

Candela C-8

Candela’s C-8 “flying electric vessel” uses hydrofoils to reduce drag in the water, requiring less power to reach maximum speeds.

Source: Candela

Swedish tech company Candela recently unveiled its “flying electric craft,” called the C-8. The electric boat actually uses hydrofoils – wings or fins that lift most of the boat out of the water – to significantly reduce drag, allowing the C-8 to use about 80% less power than a conventional boat, according to the company.

The C-8 is expected to reach a top speed of 30 knots, or about 35 miles per hour, and travel nearly 58 miles per charge. The nearly 28-foot craft is designed to seat eight passengers and even has a forward cabin that seats four.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s not cheap either. The C-8 is offered at a starting price of 290,000 euros, which currently equates to just over $305,000. Candela plans to begin delivering the boats to customers this summer after already selling more than 100 units in the United States, Europe and Canada, the company announced Thursday.

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