A couple of days ago, we've asked you to send us all your questions about electric boats. To give you the best answers, we've asked Artem Loginov, founder of Volta Yachts, to share his experience and expertise. Volta is a dealership specialized in hybrid and electric boats—for a sustainable experience on the water. So, here are the answers to your most asked questions.
Electricity and water: is it not dangerous?
I think it's one of the major concerns for the newcomers to electric boating. I'd like to assure you: it's not dangerous. In modern boats, the battery packs are completely sealed which makes it impossible for water to get in. Coming back to the boat itself, another concern would be regarding the battery. It is really hard, if not impossible, for it to cause you any problems or injuries.
What are the best brands of electric boats?
It depends on the type of boat you're looking for. No brand offers it all, and several brands excel in a certain category. For example, for small day cruising boats, I could recommend a Canadian firm called Vision Marine Technologies, which produces five boat models well suited for interior waters. You can cruise all day with these boats! I can also recommend a Swedish firm X Shore. If you look at X Shore Eelix 8000, you will be amazed by the design and the characteristics—it's a nice boat. If you're looking for something bigger, for a bit more comfort and a boat with a cabin, take a look at a Portuguese firm: Sun Concept. They produce 12-Meter catamarans which are nice thanks to their two cabins and two heads. And with the huge array of solar panels, you'll be able to navigate virtually all day—endlessly. The other brand I would recommend is silent yachts. This is an Australian firm that also constructs big catamarans, but for a more luxury category, with a starting price of around 2 million euros.
What's the average speed of an electric boat?
It also depends on the type of boat and how you're going to use it. The average speed can be pretty different from one person to another, but also if we speak about maximum speed or cruising speeds. They can offer a nice speed of up to 40 knots. If you navigate on lower speeds at around 10 knots, you will get quite an impressive range—about 100 nautical miles which are around 10 hours of navigation. If we go back to the example of the catamarans, your speeds will be lower. The bigger the boat, the lower the speeds usually. It will be around 10 knots for smaller boats like Visual Marine Technologies. Depending on the monitor, the battery, and the configurations of your boat, it can be rather limited. On a lake, the speed would be 4, 5, or 6 knots. But with this speed, you will get a huge range of navigation. Some models like the Phoenix will provide much higher speed—up to 30 knots.
Is it only available for leisure boats?
Boats became electric much earlier for professional and commercial use rather than for leisure use. I can give you an example of cruising ships from a French firm, Ponant. They offer unique cruises around the globe for unique experiences—and to some destinations where only an electric boat can go. Regularly, there are protected areas along the coast, where access is restricted to sustainable vessels.
Is there a wide selection of electric boats on the market?
At Volta, we do have a wide selection as we cover almost all types of boats! Overall in the market, there's a brand for any type of boat. But we are still at the beginning of the electrification of the leisure fleet across the globe. As it happened for the car market where it started with only a few specific brands. Then, electrification got to almost all of the brands and nowadays many traditional car brands have launched their electric versions of the cars. Something similar is happening in the boat market, but we're still at the beginning of the process.
Thanks for all your questions about electric boats. Stay tuned for another article about the electrification of the boat market.