The Bolt 18 Is the First All-Electric by Mylne Yacht Design
UQM Technologies is powering its second battery boat, the Bolt 18 yacht tender by Scotland’s Mylne Yacht Design. The 18-foot craft uses UQM’s PowerPhase Pro 100 electric propulsion system. It is Mylne’s first fully battery electric boat, and more are expected.
“The emerging electric and hybrid marine vessel market is a good fit for our power-dense electric propulsion systems which offer high power and efficiency in a small package,” UQM president and CEO Eric Ridenour says in a release. “We will continue to expand into new market segments and regions as we grow the company.”
Mylne worked with Florida’s ReGen Nautic USA to install the UQM drive in the Mylne boat. ReGen Nautic builds the boat’s 400-volt, 24-kilowatt-hour battery packs using lithium phosphate cells from Hong Kong- and Shenzhen-based Sinopoly Battery, Mylne Yacht owner and president David Gray told F&F.
The aluminum construction Bolt 18 debuted last month at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show.
0-30 Knots in Three Seconds (!)
“The boat is exceeding all of our expectations in terms of speed, acceleration, power-to-weight ratio, quietness and ride quality,” Gray says in the UQM release. “The UQM electric motor propels the Bolt 18 from 0-30 knots in just three seconds, raising the eyebrows of several groups at the Monaco Yacht Club.”
The Bolt 18 is designed as a yacht tender, UQM says. It can hold a crew of six and tow water-skiers and wake boarders.
“Mylne is developing all-electric yachts which will also use UQM PowerPhase systems,” UQM says, “further expanding UQM product offerings in the marine market.”
The Bolt 18 is the second marine application for UQM PowerPhase drives. The firm publicized use of its PowerPhase Select 145 for the Goldfish 23 all-electric eFusion, by Norway’s Golden Boat, earlier this year (F&F, February 6).
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