Quadrofoil Q2 – The Electric Boat Of The Future (w/video)

NOV 13 2014 BY MARK KANE 14

Quadrofoil Q2

Quadrofoil Q2

Quadrofoil introduced the Q2 electric boat, or rather an electric hydrofoiling personal watercraft (PWC), which seems to fly above the water surface.

It’s made for efficient and environmentally friendly recreational marine transportation purposes.

“Due to hydrofoiling and patented steering technology, riding feels like flying onwater and provides an entirely new and thrilling water experience.
The watercraft operates quietly and doesn’t produce any waves or emissions, which makes it suitable for lakes, rivers, seas as well as marine protected areas, where most motor boats and personal watercrafts are prohibited. It has a top speed up to 40 km/h (21 knots) and a range of up to 100 km (54 nautical miles) and can be fully charged in under 2 hours.”

The first 100 units will be the limited edition Q2S priced at 22,500 (over $28,000) and with a 10 kWh battery pack, enough for up to 100 km (62 miles). Deliveries are expected in March 2015. Top speed with 5.5 kW is 40 km/h (25 mph).

There is also cheaper version – the Q2A, which goes for 15,000 (about $19,000), but it has smaller battery pack of just 4.5 kWh (good for up to 50 km (or 31 miles) and smaller motor just 3.7 kW. Top speed is then just 30 km/h (nearly 19 mph).

Quadrofoil Q2

Quadrofoil Q2

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14 Comments on "Quadrofoil Q2 – The Electric Boat Of The Future (w/video)"

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I grew up on Lake Washington with the Boeing 929 Jetfoil being built, tested and developed literally hundreds of feet from our boat dock. As a kid I’d chase it at 20knots in my little Sears 12′ aluminum boat 6hp outboard motor. I’d keep up until the Jetfoil was on plane, and it would leave me in the dust – up to about 40knots! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SRG6Vg6Hzk That was the mid-1970s, 929 Jetfoils still ply the waters of Hong Kong harbor en route to Macau, they’ve been used in Honolulu, Japan, Washington State to British Columbia. They are awesome, amazing machines. Today, Boeing sold the manufacturing rights to a Japanese ship company and they are still being manufactured. Hydrofoil efficiency is promising for sport boats. 19 or 21 knots for $28,000 won’t fly ( sorry for the pun – not! 🙂 ). Another good shot at electric propulsion that falls short. I like the open runabout form factor, here’s a sport hydrofoil that actually gained a contract to be built by a major manufacturer but was axed due to a dip in the Japanese ecomony ( really cool video ): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wObflyTPLvM This guy is internet famous and I can see him occasionally… Read more »

What? No more multicolored hue from oil floating on the surface of the water? Priceless..
The short range high torque of recreational water craft looks to be a no brainer.

No kididng. I spent a week one summer when I was kid cutting new hiking trails around a boating lake in California. Even after boiling, the water tasted like oil…..

If you’ve ever been in a high speed sportboat, or driven a personal watercraft like a Jetski, you know wave action can pound the life out of you, and/or be fun for awhile – until it’s not.

Hydrofoils are so cool and I compare the experience to riding in a performance ICE car, then driving a Tesla Roadster or Model S. It’s that much of a difference. Revolutionary, in fact.

Hope you take the time to watch the above videos I’ve assembled. If you love engineering – it’s fascinating stuff.

One of the main engineering challenges is jet drive vs. propellers. Jets have several advantages, operating in shallow waters – no risk of breaking a prop. Jets are less efficient and propeller drive has more torque and thrust per energy spent. Thus, the Torqeedo outboard motors excel.

Jet drive is not the way to achieve recreational fun speed on the water, in my opinion. Range is also an even bigger challenge than on land.

Looks like they are using a troller motor configuration in the Video. So it would be propeller drive vs Jet.

Cool toy! Thanks for sharing.
Drooling now since I live next to a large lake…

Cool. 🙂

Reminds me of the old “Jonny Quest” cartoon series…

What is the slow speed draft on that? And what happens if you hit a sandbar or rock with those low in the water?

Looks really neat.

Is there a maximum weight restriction. My wife and I are both on the heavy side.

I think that’s a great idea!!

How easy is it to remove the foils for transport?

If you’re going to feature a Low Noise electric product it should not have a SOUNDTRACK.