Ride in sustainable style with the X Shore 1 electric boat
The launch of the X Shore 1 electric boat is the second eBoat offering from Swedish boat builder X Shore. In an expensive industry, the company states that the $100,000 price is about one third the price of other electric vessels on the market, and envisions their newest offering as a sustainable yacht tender.
For a 21-foot sportboat, the cost is not outrageously low, but it’s a reasonable starting price point for an electric boat and especially at a time when more fossil-fuel boats and electric boat manufacturers are joining the market. “By launching the X Shore 1, X Shore is hoping to encourage a new generation of boat owners and show them that electric boating is not just the future but the present,” said X Shore CEO Jenny Keisu.
The X Shore 1 electric boat was made lighter and more effective than X Shore’s earlier boats, to the point where it just requires a single battery. According to the business, this lessens the boat’s carbon footprint as well as it’s cost. Its vessel is made internally by the company at its Nyköping, Sweden, factory, utilizing a blend of carbon fiber and fiberglass that has already been reinforced and pre-impregnated with epoxy.
This allows the hulls to become stiffer and lighter in weight than other products in comparison without using any polystyrene foam and less plastic overall. Another environmental effect of the yacht is the use of cork decking rather than conventional teak wood.
Available in two models, the X Shore 1 electric boat comes in either an open design or a canopy top. The boats will both reach a max speed of 30 mph (56 km/h) due to its 168 hp (125 kW) motor. Also helping with production costs is the small 63 kWh battery that offers a range of 50 nautical miles when run at lower speeds. The boat can recharge from 20 to 80 percent in just 90 minutes using a 22.5 kW charger, or only 50 minutes when using a fast 45 kW charger.
According to X Shore, the pollutants from high-performance fossil fuel-powered boats can quickly pile up. The boat builder claims that in 50 hours on the water, many 20-33 foot (6-10 meter) boats can emit emissions equivalent to more than seven round trip airplane flights between Europe and New York.
By the second quarter of 2023, the Swedish boat company hopes to build two X Shore 1 electric boats per day for export to both North America and Europe.