Tesla’s success has encouraged many companies to explore new frontiers in electrified transportation. Most of those companies make vehicles designed for land travel, but one creates vessels made for traveling by sea. X Shore is a new electric boat startup, and its founder says he was inspired by Tesla when charting a course for his company.
- X Shore’s founder is Conrad Bergstrom, a Swedish millionaire who made his fortune in the tech industry.
- Bergstrom’s company “strives to bring sustainability and innovation to the marine industry by manufacturing 100 percent electric boats.”
- The company currently has two models in its fleet.
A big part of Tesla’s success is due to the fact that the company’s vehicles have enough range to make them practical forms of transportation. In an interview with Motorboat & Yachting, Bergstrom says he was motivated by similar concerns. His goal is to make sure his vessels perform as well as gas-powered boats, minus the noise and pollution.
Quiet, clean boating
There are certain perks that come with electrified boating.
One concerns the vessel’s quiet electric engine. Bergstrom points out that though an electric car has a similarly quiet power plant, these vehicles subject passengers to the somewhat discordant sound of tires slapping against pavement. With an electric boat, the only thing you’ll hear when you’re out on the open seas is the soothing sound of water breaking against the hull.
Another perk is related to air pollution. Boats are open vessels. Because of this design, it’s very likely that you’ll notice the unpleasant fumes from a boat’s gas engine when you’re on board. With an electric boat, this isn’t an issue.
Bergstrom points out that designing an electric vessel for water travel comes with significant challenges. This is mainly due to the fact that water is 784 times denser than air. Because of this, a boat’s power plant requires a lot more energy than that of a vehicle made for land travel.
The two boats in X Shore’s fleet are the Eelex 6500 and Eelex 8000. Both can travel for up to 100 nautical miles on a single charge. Also, both boats are capable of reaching speeds of up to 40 knots.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Tesla revolutionized the car industry by transforming electric vehicles from quirky outliers to mainstream status symbols. It will be interesting to see if X Shore follows a similar trajectory with its boats.