Industry takes notice of emission-free saildrive collaboration
Groupe Beneteau’s first step into the future of marine propulsion is a collaborative solution between the Excess brand, Torqeedo and ZF which has now been shortlisted for a Boat Builder Award. The E’Lab, an Excess 15 with Deep Blue Hybrid, was nominated in the category of “Collaborative Solution between Boat or Superyacht Builder and its Supply Chain Partner”. This prestigious award recognises boat builders and supply chain partners that have collaborated from a conceptual stage to develop a particular solution to a design challenge, innovation or efficiency improvement.
The three companies have been working together to bring the first installation of Torqeedo and ZF’s new Deep Blue 50 kW saildrives to life in an Excess 15 catamaran. This project is part of a global Groupe Beneteau strategy, currently undertaking hybrid and fully electric engine projects across a wide variety of brands and boats in efforts to further reduce the brand’s carbon footprint.
The collaboration also extended beyond these three icons of the marine industry, right to the general public. The Excess Lab is an online forum that connects Excess experts directly to their owners and potential owners. Onboard energy management and questions about alternative propulsion are some of the most popular topics and helped the companies define what sailors actually want from a hybrid sailing yacht. This sense of openness, of questioning everything, and seeking all avenues and manners of expertise has resulted in a huge step in electric and hybrid sailing reaching the mainstream.
Industry-changing projects of this manner can’t succeed without all partners sharing a common commitment. ZF and Torqeedo started the partnership by co-developing the Deep Blue 50 kW saildrive as part of the overall Deep Blue system architecture. When Excess came on board, the first application was defined and the business of designing the perfect system was underway. The partnership has enjoyed the full support of all three companies’ engineering, production and product management teams. The yacht has been extensively tested and continues to be optimised almost daily – the Excess 15 is very much a living laboratory, a model of a collaborative solution, and a glimpse of more to come.
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