Electric Boat Maker X Shore talks with CleanTechnica about their new vessel and the future of the business

Much of the visibility electric vehicles are currently enjoying is focused on electric cars, SUVs and trucks. Fortunately, the electrification of transport also includes river shuttles. In the United States, there may be as many as 12 million registrants pleasure craft. In Europe, this figure is around 6 million, according to the European nautical industry website. Typically, these craft use gasoline or diesel engines that generate various forms of pollution: air, water, noise and greenhouse gas emissions.

Electric boats do not use gasoline or diesel and do not directly produce toxic pollution. Nor can they leak oil or gas into marine and freshwater habitats, as millions of fossil fuel-powered boats do. The Swedish manufacturer of electric boats X Shore is offering two 100% electric boats for sale, after recently announcing its second, the X Shore 1. Ordering for the X Shore 1 is now open, with deliveries scheduled for Q2 2023.

Jenny Keisu, CEO of X Shore, answered some questions about the X Shore 1 and the future of the company. (She previously provided information for a separate interview on CleanTechies.)

Why did you decide to design and manufacture an all-electric boat smaller than the Eelex 8000?

X Shore puts sustainability at the forefront of everything we do, and we’re on a mission to drive change in the boating industry. We designed the X Shore 1 to be smaller than its sibling, the Eelex 8000, so that it can have the same performance with half the battery, and therefore be available at a third of the price of other high-performance electric boat models on the market. By offering an accessible price, we can bring sustainable boating to a wider audience to further promote global emissions reductions and protect marine life. The X Shore 1 is designed for boating enthusiasts who enjoy spending time on the water and are interested in a more sustainable lifestyle.

With the X Shore 1, does it come with its own charger and if so, how fast does it charge?

The boat is designed to be compatible with all sorts of sockets of different qualities, which means you can charge your X Shore boat in most sockets. The speed at which it charges depends on the type of charger used. With a fast charger, you can go from 20% to 80% in less than an hour! A three-phase socket charger found in most marinas today charges the boat in about 3 hours.

What is the battery chemistry and what is the expected battery life?

Jenny Keisu, CEO of X Shore. Image credit: X Shore

The X Shore 1 is powered by a 63kWh lithium-ion battery that provides enough runtime for most use cases, such as fishing, water sports, and cocktail cruises. The batteries are designed to live for at least 3,000 charge cycles, with a minimum state of charge of 70%. Since most boats are not used daily, this means the battery is suitable for use for many years.

Does the X Shore 1 have a warranty, and if so, what is it?

The most important components have a 3-year warranty.

With a 100% electric boat, is it necessary to recharge the battery to prevent it from completely discharging when not in use?

A simple and comprehensive storage guide can be found in the boat manual, although it will vary depending on your unique environment and how you store your boat. It should be mentioned that the storage temperature should be between 0 and 25 degrees Celsius and the boat should be stored in a dry place. We recommend that you check the battery charge status monthly, which can be done through our mobile app, and keep it between 10% and 30% during storage.

Do you plan to release another new model in the next two years, and if so, will it be smaller than the X-Shore 1?

X Shore’s goal is to stay at the forefront of the electric boat market and be the premier electric boat company. We are therefore constantly working to improve our boats and our technology to offer the best experience to users. We’ll continue to innovate and are excited to see what’s next for X Shore!

What do you intend to do with the $50 million in new funds that you obtained in the spring?

The capital raised is being used to expand production at X Shore Industries 1, our new factory in Nyköping, Sweden, which finalized the delivery of its first boat earlier this year. The new factory has an automated assembly line which will allow our production capacity to increase from 40 to approximately 400 vessels per year. The funding will also be used to continue the development of new software, marketing and the expansion of our operations in the United States.

Do you see a lot of interest in electric boats from the boating community in Sweden and other European countries?

Yes, we have seen a significant shift towards electric vehicles, including electric boats, over the past few years, and have had strong demand in Europe, as well as the United States.

What is your company’s vision for the next three to five years?

We plan to develop and expand our current sustainability initiatives. Our aim is to lead the industry towards zero emissions navigation and to have a holistic strategy and objectives in all relevant aspects of sustainability. Currently, we are striving to achieve full traceability of the battery value chain by 2025, and by 2030 we aim to produce the first boat with a net zero carbon footprint.

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