Following the successful launch of the Pulse 63 electric RIB, RS Electric Boats is bolstering its electric boat offering by partnering with Cheetah Marine International. The pair will work together to develop a new range of EV-ready workboats which aims to accelerate the evolution of dependable electric boats for commercial and leisure use.
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The collaboration brings together two well-established British companies with a wealth of boat-building and design expertise. By combining Cheetah Marine’s deep-rooted understanding of workboat requirements such as stability, spacious working deck space, beaching, and rough sea handling, with RS Electric Boats’ knowledge of lightweight materials, efficient hull form and electric-specific boat design, the partnership will expedite a proliferation of commercial electric vessels on the market over the next few years.
Through hands-on operational experience and knowledge, the two companies understand that the transition from conventional fuelled marine propulsion to clean electric/hydrogen power is a big step, both financially and logistically. Plus, current electric/hydrogen propulsion technology can’t yet provide some customers with the required operational performance to fulfil their commercial tasking; long range at high speed, for example.
To address this, the companies have developed a hull that can be converted from a conventional fossil-fuel boat to an electric one with relative ease. The weight of a traditional Cheetah Catamaran, which boasts excellent stability and rough weather capabilities, has been reduced by 30% without compromising strength and integrity. The design also features module fuel tanks that can be replaced with batteries and a steering system that is compatible with conventional and electric propulsion engines.
This innovative approach enables organisations to plan for zero emission operations in the future without compromising on performance now. Furthermore, these EV-ready commercial vessels provide operational and economic benefits such as reduced fuel usage. The duo is also introducing HVO (Hydrated Vegetable Oil) power solutions and battery leasing options to encourage people to switch to more eco-friendly marine propulsion solutions.
“Cheetah Marine has created a brilliant community and an outstanding range of boats over the last 30 years. RS Electric Boats is very excited about working with the team to develop the next generation of zero-emission boats and making real change in our industry.”
Jon Partridge, CEO – RS Commercial
“Here at Cheetah Marine, we have a passion for hull efficiency and future zero emission propulsion. Combining this with the knowledge and ability of RS Electric Boats will help us develop planet-saving technology for the marine environment.”
Sean Strevens (FRINA), Founder, Cheetah Marine
RS Electric Boats and Cheetah Marine will be exhibiting side by side at Seawork, 21-23 June 2022. The revolutionary Pulse 63 electric RIB will be available to view on the water for the duration of the event. Please contact RS Electric Boats to book an appointment.