On the one hand, the outboard engine continues to expand in markets around the world, and on the other, the electric boat is the focus of dozens of projects. So let’s say goodbye to boats powered by diesel or gasoline engines? For now, it is unlikely, but in a few years, the electric boat could become a concrete alternative. It’s no coincidence, in fact, that Singapore’s Yachts de Luxe (YdL) has signed a ten-year worldwide commercial contract with British company OXIS Energy. It’s a $5 million agreement to develop the first electric motorboat powered by Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) cell and battery technology.
OXIS will work with YdL to design the new 40-foot day boat which will carry a 400kWh battery system comprising of Ultra Light, High-Power cells, and a BMS. The design and manufacture of the cells modules, the BMS, and its installation will be carried out by Williams Advanced Engineering, a subcontractor on the project. This joint expertise will secure enhanced safety levels and the necessary elimination of distance and safety anxiety.
OXIS says that his Li-S technology does not use any toxic or rare earth material in the make-up of its cell technology which is hugely advantageous when building large batteries for maritime vessels. Diesel pollutes, and for maritime purposes, OXIS Li-S battery systems are a safe option for open water transportation. At the end of life, the materials used in the Li-S cells can be disposed of without damaging the environment.
“The collaboration with YdL and the renowned French naval architect Jean Jacques Coste – said Huw Hampson-Jones, CEO, OXIS Energy, – is an example of how entrepreneurial companies are able to utilise their expertise and move swiftly to deploy new state of the art technology, which brings with it a paradigm shift in maritime transportation. The collaboration allows us to achieve this, and provides a level of safety to our seafaring clients, far beyond existing Lithium Ion battery systems.”
”With the highly promising Li-S technology developed by OXIS Energy – said Jean Jacques, Director of YdL – we have the perfect match between high power, safety and eco-friendliness. After years of looking at the evolution of the OXIS Li-S cells, YdL is pleased to be a key partner of their entry into the Marine World through our 40 foot luxury day boat. This is the starting point of numerous projects including service boats and our mega yachts. We are pleased to share this technological challenge with the talented team at OXIS headed by CEO Huw Hampson-Jones and with the reputed engineering company, Williams Advanced Engineering.”
The electrified Luxury Day Boat will be on display at the Monaco Boat show in September 2021.