7 PRINCE AL­BERT TEST-DRIVES ELEC­TRIC BOAT

Motorboat & Yachting - - This Month's 10 -

The reign­ing monarch of Monaco was spot­ted test­ing one of the small­est boats at last month’s Monaco Yacht Show. The Green­line NEO Edrive is claimed to be the first main­stream pro­duc­tion leisure craft pow­ered solely by elec­tric­ity.

The Prince is a known to be a fan of en­vi­ron­men­tal preser­va­tion, hav­ing driven him­self to his own wed­ding in a hy­brid car seven years ago. He has also brought For­mula E rac­ing to the streets of Monaco and en­sured that all its cit­i­zens are el­i­gi­ble for a 30% sub­sidy on elec­tric cars.

The 10m NEO is pow­ered by twin 80hp Torqeedo Deep Blue out­board en­gines linked to two 30.5 KWH BMW i3 high-per­for­mance lithium bat­ter­ies that pro­vide a range of 74km at an av­er­age speed of 7 knots.

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