TESLA ON THE WA­TER

Boating NZ - - Boat World -

Aso­lar-pow­ered elec­tric cata­ma­ran is be­ing touted as a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion for wa­ter taxi ser­vices, dive op­er­a­tions and reef ex­cur­sions.

De­vel­oped by Dutch com­pany Soel Yachts and built by Salt­house in Auck­land, the Soel­cat 12 runs si­lently and cuts CO2 emis­sions, says com­pany co-founder Joep Koster. It can carry 16 people.

With an in­stalled bat­tery ca­pac­ity of 2 x 60 kwh, the cat’s stan­dard op­er­a­tional pro­file is set at a cruis­ing speed of eight knots with a range of six hours. It has a max­i­mum speed of 14 knots.

With the sun shin­ing the ves­sel’s cruis­ing speed range is ex­tended to 7.5 hours. Low­er­ing the speed to the so-called ‘break-even speed’ of six knots pushes the range to 24 hours.

Dur­ing down­time, the ves­sel turns into a mo­bile power sta­tion, able to sup­ply up to 15KVA for land-based fa­cil­i­ties. This is suf­fi­cient en­ergy for up to five house­holds. Com­mu­ni­ties in the Pa­cific, na­ture re­serves and wa­ter-based re­sorts can become self-suf­fi­cient ecodes­ti­na­tions, pro­duc­ing their own clean en­ergy.

The Soel­cat 12 is de­signed for easy de­liv­ery to the global mar­ket. En­gi­neered as a smart modular ves­sel, the ves­sel can be dis­as­sem­bled and trans­ported to any lo­ca­tion in two 40ft con­tain­ers. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.soely­achts.com

Dur­ing down­time the ves­sel can op­er­ate as a mo­bile power sta­tion.

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