Fitted in the Goldfish X9, the most powerful production electric motor is ready for production.
We reported on the 150hp Evoy electric outboard earlier this year, when the launch of their inboard range was imminent. Now Evoy’s Hurricane electric inboard in the latest Gen 2 form is a reality for the commercial and pleasure boat sectors. This is providing you are happy with its 147,000-euro price tag. This is a hefty chunk of money to fork out to go green, but there are things to consider when stacking the Hurricane up against its fossil fuel competition. This price includes two 400kg 63kWh batteries, so if you discount the cost of future recharging, you have pretty much bought your fuel upfront for many years to come.
This electric inboard motor is a forward step for the electric boat market. The plug and play set-up is easy to install, and it can be fitted to any new boat or retrofit. A robust 800V system offers up to 800hp in short-term peak power mode, with a continuous maximum rating of 400hp. The first installation has been tested in the Goldfish X9, with whom Evoy are closely associated. The Goldfish can cover around 30nm at 40 knots with just two 63kWh batteries and has a 55-knot top speed. This, of course, does not stack up against something like a 400hp Volvo D6 feeding off an 80-gallon fuel tank, which will likely cover 250 miles at the same speed. However, with electric boating still in its infancy, you have to embrace the concept that you will need to go slower if you want to go further, or you will have to recharge frequently and run the boat locally.
The new generation of the Hurricane comes with a new cooling system that allows it to run in warmer seas than the Baltic. In addition to improved technical specifications, the latest generation of the Hurricane has been redesigned to further reduce its weight, making it more compact and easier to install. The complete system with a 126kWh battery bank weighs in at 1100kg, 500kg less than the first-generation engine. To put this into perspective, a Volvo D6 400 weighs 785kg with sterndrive, and on top of this you need to factor in a fuel tank with fuel, so the Evoy is closely comparable when it comes to weight. The first-generation Evoy had several separate appendages, but these are now integrated into the new motor for ease of installation, and easy servicing. It is reported that it takes the same amount of time to install this electric inboard as a diesel engine. Evoy combine IOT/OTA software capacities, predictive maintenance features and a future fleet management solution, allowing for remote diagnostics and software upgrades and repairs.
This engine is mainly aimed at commercial operators, defence, tourism and superyacht tenders. It comes standard with a 20kW AC charging system, and a 200kW DC charging system is available should you want to get a heavily discharged battery back into shape quickly. However, dockside supercharging is being driven forward in Norway, courtesy of BKK, Norway’s biggest renewable energy supplier, who have been supplying electric cars for some time. Likewise, in the UK and southern Europe, dockside charging is spreading through most major marinas.
Lead time delivery of the Gen 2 Evoy is between five and six months. Contact www.evoy.no