- Technology - Sustainability is the new luxury

Marine electric propulsion is far from being a new trend. As stated on Lanéva Boats’ website, hybrid and electric boats have existed for over 100 years. “The first electric boat was developed by the German inventor Moritz von Jacobi in 1838 and was presented to the Emperor Nicholas I of Russia on the Neva River,” begins Francois Richard, CEO (chief exploration officer) at Lanéva Boats. “The 24ft (7.3m) boat had a passenger capacity of 14 and a speed of three miles per hour (4.8km/h).”

From the 1920s, gasoline or diesel-powered outboards overtook electric. However, with increasing rules and regulations to promote sustainable behaviour at sea, mindsets are shifting and solutions such as electric propulsion are being rediscovered – and they are better than ever.

There is a myth that the performance of an electric boat being used as, for example, a superyacht tender when compared to a diesel tender outweighs the ‘green’ benefits of the e-tender. Lanéva is keen to dismiss this myth and does not believe it is a valid point of comparison when considering the purpose of a tender or day boat.“The 7.9m Lanéva boat can reach a top speed of 30 knots (55km/h, 34.5mph), as well as a range of approximately 40nm at a speed of 20 knots (42.5km/h, 23mph). Those are high-performance characteristics for a day boat,” emphasises François.

Lanéva Boats does not stop at sustainable propulsion and seeks to ensure the entire boat is as green on the outside as it is within. “We source the best worldwide p....

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