The shipbuilding industry is making significant progress in achieving a much more efficient and environmentally friendly sector. Part of this route is inexorably destined to the use of technologies such as the hydrogen fuel cell for specific cases of large transoceanic vessels. However, boats intended for recreational use are finding a very important gap in electrification through batteries and that is having a more than remarkable reception among the public and their potential customers. Now, X-Yachts has completed the development of its first electric sailboat.
X-Yachts is a company of Danish origin that in all its years of life as a company (around 40) has been dedicated to the manufacture and development of boats, especially luxury and handcrafted construction on request. Now, the shipping company itself has confirmed the launch of its first all-electric yacht. This is the X49E and has a total length of 15 meters; aesthetically it is based on the X49 already produced by X-Yachts, although for this case its diesel mechanics have been completely replaced in favor of a fully electric one.
The X-Yachts X49E is presented as one of the most elegant sailboats on the market, something that combines directly with its orientation of sustainability and efficiency; Of course, during navigation, the silence on the part of its electric motor will be practically negligible.
From the company itself they mention that there was already, for its part, the intention to launch a luxury electric yacht for several years, however, they have decided to wait the right time so that the technology and knowledge about the electrification of ships had matured properly. Finally, this moment has arrived and from the board of X-Yachts they are completely excited to be able to officially present this electric boat.
The X49E has two electric motors manufactured by Oceanvolt and have an individual power of 10 kW. These, in turn, are powered by a bank of lithium-ion batteries with a total capacity of 28.8 kWh and a DC generator with a capacity of 11 kW. While its battery equipment is not especially large, from the brand they specify that with all the conditions in favor, the maximum autonomy will be around 90 kilometers, although, of course, this will always depend on the marine conditions and the speed at which the yacht sails.
However, and as a support to this electrical mechanics, the X49E comes equipped with an additional system that allows it to generate 3.5 kW of energy when sailing at 15 km / h. This will mean ecological electricity and totally free for its users, something that translates directly into the ability to regenerate 100% of the charge of your battery equipment after 8 hours of navigation. Additionally, the hull of the ship is equipped with a series of solar panels that will produce extra energy to operate plugs, lights, navigation systems or appliances, among others.
As an alternative to this, X-Yachts also markets a variant with an additional diesel engine, in order to act as a hybrid boat especially for those interested in making long trips on board without worrying about the electric range of the same.
The interior of the X49E can accommodate up to 6 passengers. The company specifies that the materials of each and every one of the panels that cover the cabins are of the highest quality and, additionally, have a list of materials and colors for your interested party to choose. Inside it has a distribution of two bathrooms, kitchen and living room with two sofas; At the stern it has a small space to house an inflatable boat of up to 2.5 meters. From the company they have not specified the specific data of their price, although this will always depend on the particular requests of their interested parties.