The X-Yachts X49E electric sailboat can cruise and charge its batteries simultaneously
Danish yacht maker X-Yachts have revealed their X49E electric sailboat, a 12-ton, 49-footer that’s based on their existing X49 model and utilizes two electric motors developed by the world leader in yacht propulsion systems, Oceanvolt. X-Yachts have blended both luxury and sustainability in their next-gen sailboat.
Under the bunks in the aft cabin of the X-Yachts X49E electric sailboat are pods mounted on both sides of the conventional engine compartment. A LifePo4 28.8 kWh lithium battery bank, a 11 kW Fischer Panda onboard DC generator, BMS, and controllers now occupy the area where the engines formerly were on the X49. The dual-engines are designed to achieve greater power and increased safety.
According to X-Yachts, they estimated that the X49E electric sailboat can travel 22.7 nautical miles at 5 knots in calm conditions. If more range is needed, its diesel generator can be used. When sailing, the propellers can be used to power the electric propulsion system. Additionally, the X49E may generate up to 3.5 kW while traveling higher than 8 knots. This would result in a free, fully charged battery after eight hours of sail.
“We didn’t want to be first movers on this area, but preferred to wait until technology and knowledge had matured properly”, said CEO of X-Yachts, Kraen Nielsen. “And I’m really happy to say that the time finally is right to present the first X-Yacht with electric propulsion.”
Before sailing in the Garmin Round Denmark Race, the new X-Yachts X49E electric sailboat will now undergo sea trials. For more information on the X49E, check out the full press release here.