An electric boat just broke the all-time speed record for a battery-powered watercraft, reaching a top speed of 109 mph. And while boats powered by internal combustion engines have long been able to surpass triple-digit speeds, this boat has completely broken the previous electric speed record for watercraft, which was only 88.6 miles/hour.
The boat was built by Vision Marine Technologies, which describes itself as a “global leader in marine recreational electric propulsion”. In one press release published today (and caught our attention by Electrek), Vision Marine announced the record-breaking run, taking place at Lake of the Ozarks penalty shootoutAn annual regatta raises funds for charity.
The record-breaking electric boat, called the V32, is a 32-foot catamaran specially designed to carry two Vision Marine E-Motion external electric motor along with the batteries needed to power them. The boat is piloted by Shaun Torrenteworld champion in the Formula 1 Sailing World Championship, aka F1H2O. Yes, there is a Formula 1 yacht race.
“We are here today to impart a new legacy by proving once again that the transition to electric power in the marine industry is within reach,” Vision Marine CEO and Co-Founder Alex Mongeon said in a press release announced a new speed record. “We are getting closer to eliminating the massive carbon footprint our planet is experiencing as a result of the continued use of ICE engines.”
Incidentally, the previous electric boat speed record was 88.61 mph set by Jaguar Vector Racing in June 2018. The team, sponsored by Jaguar, used expertise from Jaguar participating in Formula E to develop a battery-powered high-speed racing boat.
But the record is meant to be broken, and Vision Marine has completely obliterated Jaguar Vector Racing’s 2018 speed record. There’s still a long way to go to topple the fastest fossil fuel-powered boats on earth – all-time speed 317 mph record was set in 1978 of Spirit of Australia, equipped with a Westinghouse jet engine with a capacity of 3,000 horsepower.