Groupe Beneteau launches a partnership with Vision Marine Technologies to develop electric boats
by CM Staff
The initial commercial offering with Groupe Beneteau will be launched under the Four Winns brand, with deliveries expected to be available in spring 2023.
MONTREAL — Groupe Beneteau, a manufacturer of boating technologies, and Vision Marine Technologies, a company involved in the electric transition of the recreational boating industry, have launched a partnership to integrate Vision Marine Technologies’ outboard motors onboard several models across Groupe Beneteau’s brand portfolio.
Groupe Beneteau launched the DELPHIA 11 with electric propulsion for boating on inland waterways and lakes in March 2022. At the Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2021, it had also presented the BENETEAU Oceanis 30.1 with electric engine and the EXCESS 15 Hybrid.
“After the construction and thorough testing of a first, jointly developed prototype in early 2022, the objective is to bring to market a 100% electric boat and propulsion package,” states Erik Stromberg, Power and Motor Yacht Product Director for Groupe Beneteau. Stromberg continues, “The key to electrification is to have a full analysis of the customer use case. Many of the boats in our portfolio fit perfectly with a 100% electric solution. This solution is complementary and fully compatible with our other propulsion packages.”
The Vision Marine E-Motion™ 180 hp powertrain system, with a battery capacity of 70kWh of continuous power, offers day boating capabilities. The initial commercial offering with Groupe Beneteau will be launched under the Four Winns brand, with deliveries expected to be available in spring 2023. The technology will also be rolled out by other brands within Groupe Beneteau, both in North America and Europe.
“We have always held Groupe Beneteau in high esteem and acknowledge the company’s long-standing mandate for leadership and excellence within the boating industry. We are honored to have the opportunity to power the Four Winns boat with our E-Motion™ 180E technology and look forward to a long-standing partnership with them. We continue to showcase our technology and rig the E-Motion™ powertrain on numerous third-party boats in order to formally move towards scaled production of our E-Motion™ technology for commercial usage,” stated Alexandre Mongeon, co-founder & CEO of Vision Marine.