X Shore 1 wants to become the Tesla Model 3 of the sea

X Shore 1 wants to become the Tesla Model 3 of the sea

X Shore 1 wants to become the Tesla Model 3 of the sea

Swedish boat builder X Shore is adding a second member to its family of electric boats this week with the launch of the X Shore 1. Following on from the Eelex 8000 that debuted last year, the X Shore 1 is a smaller, simpler electric craft that promises comparably high performance, quiet operation and zero emissions with a more accessible and affordable price tag of $139,000. OKAY, relatively more affordable.

The prop of the X Shore 1 is powered by a 125-kilowatt electric motor powered by a 63-kilowatt-hour battery pack. The craft has a top speed of 30 knots (about 35 mph, for us landlubbers) with a cruising speed of about 20 knots. On a more leisurely 8 knot cruise, X Shore estimates a range of approximately 50 nautical miles per charge.

The battery can be charged from 20% to 80% in about 50 minutes at a 45 kW station or about 90 minutes at a 22 kW point. With a 7.3 kW three-phase outlet more commonly found in marinas, you can expect a charge time of 4.6 hours from empty to full.

The 21-foot boat around the electric powertrain has a minimal, Scandinavian design and is available in two configurations, Open and Top. Open is the topless model, while the Top adds a cantilevered roof with retractable awnings. With the roof configuration sorted, shoppers can choose between Utility, Performance and Premium trim levels.

Like modern electric cars, the X Shore 1 electric boat has modern, connected technology on board, including touchscreen infotainment with a large display. Connectivity via the X Shore app for phones and smartwatches allows mobile devices to act as a digital key, as well as geofencing, anti-theft features and real-time performance data monitoring.

The design of the X Shore 1 uses eco-friendly materials in its construction, such as sustainably harvested cork instead of teak for parts of the hull. Meanwhile, a combination of fiberglass and carbon fiber construction helps offset the battery’s mass. This is still a hefty little craft – the Open weighs 3,400 pounds, while the Top weighs 3,540 pounds. Plus, the more compact hull and smaller battery help keep the price down, but also make it easier to ship to customers than the 26-foot Eelex 8000 — the smaller craft can fit in a shipping container, for example.

The larger Eelex 8000 (above) and the X Shore 1 aim to be Tesla Model S and 3 of the water.

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The X Shore 1 is being built in Nyköping, Sweden, with orders opening Friday. The first deliveries are expected to reach the customers’ berths in the second quarter of 2023. Starting at $139,000 before options, the X Shore 1 is still a very luxurious item, but it’s also much more affordable than the $329,000 Eelex 8000 and, according to X Shore, “a third the price of other high-performance electric boat models.”

X Shore says its goal with the Eelex 8000 and now the X Shore 1 is to reduce noise and carbon emissions from powerful boats, factors said to have short- and long-term negative effects on the environment and the sea. to live.

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