From Finland comes “Axopar 25”, the new prototype that shoots over the water at 50 knots thanks to its 300 horsepower electric engine
In partnership with the Norwegian electric engine manufacturer, Evoy, Axopar has presented its new electric prototype capable of reaching speeds of 50 knots
Known for its high performance boats, Axopar Boats has decided to focus on electric this year. During the latest edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival, the Finnish shipyard presented its first prototype, opening the way to a range of high performance electric boats, thanks to outboard and inboard motors by the Norwegian Evoy.
“We are excited – says founding partner of Axopar, Jan Erik Viitala – to work together with innovators challenging the status quo in the boating industry. Our partnership with Evoy is a perfect example of two large companies, coming together with a common mission: expand research and offer new methods of mobility for the future.”
The new model is called Axopar 25 and is only 8 metres long. Its performance, however is record-breaking. The boat has a 300 horsepower outboard electric motor. According to the Finnish shipyard, the boat’s weight and length work in perfect balance with the new Evoy engine.
COMFORTABLE AND FAST NAVIGATION
Even though it is an electric boat, the Axopar 25 has around 25 miles of autonomy travelling at a cruising speed of between 22 and 30 knots. According to the shipyard, for a more comfortable cruise it is important to keep the speed above 20 knots and this boat can do just that.
Another characteristic that makes the Axopar 25 prototype stand out from other electric boats on the market is the efficiency of the hull. Built based on the 22 model, the hull of the Axopar 25 can easily cut through the waves when it is at speed. On the instrument panel is all the engine and battery data which is calculated in real time. It is easy therefore to know how much navigation time remains depending on the speed of the boat.
THE 300 HORSEPOWER ELECTRIC ENGINE
The outboard motor works with an 800 volt current and is charged by 2 Kreisel 63 kWh batteries, allowing the prototype to reach a maximum speed of 50 knots. But that’s not all. The innovative batteries can be charged in just one hour.
“Until today – notes Jan Erik Viitala – the singular characteristics of our boats, like manoeuvrability, multifunctional use, and competitive prices have attracted both expert and new owners. The prototype of an electric day cruiser will attract a new type of client, and will lead more people to enjoying the water.”