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Vision Marine partners with Nextfour Solutions to develop smart navigation system

The Q Display is the first marine display that brings the familiar automotive-like user experience to boating by integrating the all systems in one single device.

January 20, 2022   by CM Staff

MONTREAL — Vision Marine Technologies, Inc., an electric boating company serving both OEMs and consumers, has partnered with Nextfour Solutions Ltd. (Nextfour) to further develop a customized multifunctional display to be integrated within Vision Marine’s groundbreaking E-Motion™ 180 fully electric powertrain system.

The Q Display is the first marine display that brings the familiar automotive-like user experience to boating by integrating the all systems in one single device. This smart navigation device, which is called the Q Experience, tries to provide confidence in controlling and handling the boat.

“Vision Marine will have an industry leading user experience, performance and unique product to utilize in conjunction with our E-Motion™ fully electric powertrain, “said Alexandre Mongeon, co-founder, and CEO of Vision Marine.

“There is growing demand from major electric vehicle OEMs for electric motors,” added Xavier Montagne, COO of Vision Marine. “Collaborating with Nextfour on the Q Experience system will enhance the entire powertrain and allow us to deliver a comprehensive ecosystem to electrifying recreational boating, complemented with the best and most intuitive display solution on the market.”

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“Nextfour is excited to support Vision Marine and its efforts to revolutionize the recreational boating industry, “said Niklas Öhman, CEO at Nextfour Solutions. “The E-Motion™ platform offers an unparalleled boating experience when compared to traditional fuel powered systems. These new platforms will encompass both state of the art energy density rich solutions as well as extreme performance related options.”

The agreement with Vision Marine is the first ever marine industry partnership for Nextfour in North America. Vision Marine targets performance powerboats and pontoons ranging from 18 to 30 feet, with narrow hulls and compartments. Management estimates 70,000 pontoons are expected to be sold in the United States in 2022, and approximately 380,000 outboard motors.

In October 2021, Vision Marine announced a Manufacture & Supply Agreement with Linamar Corporation subsidiary McLaren Engineering for the testing, manufacture, and assembly of the Company’s E-Motion™ electric powertrain, in order to commercially scale production.