Video: New Electric Gives Boaters a Reason to Display Their EV Grin

DEC 4 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 17

The EV grin is spreading to the water with the launch of some flashy custom electric boats by a company called New Electric.

Electric Boats Bring on the EV Grin

Electric Boats Bring on the EV Grin

New Electric custom builds these pure electric bundles of wave-hopping joy and says the instant torque is something you just have to expeirence on the water to get a true feel for what electric brings to the boating paradise.

Right now, New Electric is featuring 2 custom-built boats.  Here’s a rundown on what each one offers:

  • The Ray Wright Delta is an aluminum hull boat with a lithium-ion battery pack and a HPEVS 35X2 AC motor.  The motor puts out 126 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque.
  • The Nedcraft Silverback  features a DC motor and is a throwback boat made to resemble something you would have routinely seen on the water back in 1920s.

As for range, there’s no word on that from New Electric, though we suspect that both range and run time are extremely difficult to put exact numbers on when the mode of transport is on the water.

Price?  Again, these boats are custom-made, so the price varies wildly depending on how you option it.  Figure at least $70,000 and upwards of $130,000 if tricked out.

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17 Comments on "Video: New Electric Gives Boaters a Reason to Display Their EV Grin"

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Pete-Repete

.. is that the EV-beard, then..????

Kevin

Car mfr’s should take note and offer some “classic car” models Ev powered.

Priusmaniac

Where is the 17 m Yacht version?

Taser54

The two best days of owning a boat are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.

Brian

I have been enjoying electric boating for years now. My little Torqeedo outboat moves my boat very well.

If range is hard to predict on a car, it is downright impossible on a boat. At full speed, my motor will only take me about 2.5 miles. However, at low speed, I can travel over 20! (This is moving a 1.5 ton sailboat, using only 520Wh -that’s 0.52kWh-).

Power boats are so loud and dirty, that electrifying them could make a huge difference. Most modern powerboats leave a trail of oil behind them (yes, even 4-strokes). That’s pollution directly into our own water supply!

sven

In electric boats and airplanes the weight of a battery large enough to provide decent range is a much more crucial design criteria than in an electric automobile. Heavy batteries in an electric automobile reduce the number of miles/kWh that it travel. Heavy batteries in a boat make it more susceptible sinking by displacing more water, making the boat sit lower in the water. Heavy batteries in an airplane affect its ability to take off and the length of time that it can remain aloft.

Brian

In the case of a displacement boat (i.e. non-planing), the effect of weight is actually less important to a boat than to an automobile. A well designed hull can support a huge amount of weight without sitting too low – water is surprisingly dense. For a planing boat, the weight is much more important, since the hull has to lift it all above the water.

Airplanes are a whole different beast, and not the subject of this article.

sven

Thanks, I didn’t know that there was a difference with regards to planing and non-planing boats. But it makes sense now that I think about it. Otherwise those ever larger cargo ships wouldn’t be more efficient moving freight than smaller cargo ships. Gaining weight definitely affected my ability to get my windsurfer to plane in a light wind, not to mention forcing me to have to learn how to water start since my board now sinks when I try to lift the sail out of the water by the rope attached to the mast.

Priusmaniac

That is stranger, because normally it should be the other way around since the road quality is very constant and the hydrodynamics equations of the boat allow a direct link between speed and power use. So it should actually be very predictable even if indeed the speed is acting exponentially at more than power 2.

Jouni Valkonen

It is almost surprising that no one figured this out earlier. Large boats are anyway pure luxury products, so extra $50k+ cost for battery is not too expensive, if it can eliminate the vibrations and noise.

Daniel Cardenas

Why does the boat have two tailpipes?

scott moore

ditto.

sven

Now if Tesla would hurry up and build a stylish EV boat with decent range and also build out a network of dock-based Supercharges, then I would buy one. They could call it the Tesla Model W. I just hope they don’t design the Model W with an aluminum hull that is too soft and thin to protect the battery pack from being punctured and catching on fire after striking floating marine debris. 😉

NPNS!

Nelson

Now if the top of that long boat had solar panels the risk of getting stranded with no power would be reduced.

NPNS!
Volt#671

MTN Ranger

Even better, use thin film voltaic in sail form and mount it on a mast. Solar and wind power!

Brian

Oy, I wouldn’t want my sail made of solar film. I don’t think you could make that stuff strong enough to withstand an unintended jibe from a sudden gust of wind. Sails are expensive enough to replace when they’re made of nylon!

Priusmaniac

If it is really only for performance a wing boat would be a good start. It can use the wind very efficiently and the wing can indeed be covered with photovoltaic cells.

In the same vein I dream of making an electric plane with an extendable PV banner behind. The banner contrary to an ad banner would not be placed vertically but inclinated to fit the direction of the sun. The electric plane would receive current from a battery and the long photovoltaic banner trough the connecting cables. Since the surface would be huge the power collected would be as well. There would be extra air friction of course but since the banner is thin the extra friction would be lower than the extra power.