Equipmake supplies e-drivetrain for Spirit’s hydrofoil
The UK-based electric drive specialist Equipmake has supplied an electric drivetrain system for an electric hydrofoil boat. It is Equipmake’s first client in the marine sector.
The British company is partnering with Spirit Yachts marine engineering company BAR Technologies. Together, they launched the SpiritBARTech35EF – a one-of-a-kind flying electric boat with a fast-cruising range of 100 nautical miles and a top speed of 28 knots or 52 kph.
“I’m proud we have played a key role with Spirit Yachts and BAR Technologies on this incredible electric flying boat, which truly sets new standards for long range electric vessels,” says Equipmake CEO Ian Foley. “Our in-house developed electrification technology has many varied high-performance applications, from aerospace to automotive, and the SpiritBARTech35EF is the perfect showcase for how it can be applied to the rapidly growing electric marine market.”
Equipmake manufactured the fully electric drivetrain for the SpiritBARTech35EF. The system comes with a specially adapted version of the HPM-400 motor, producing a peak power of 80kW. The 35ft electric flying boat is made from a mix of titanium and cold-moulded wood with a carbon fibre reinforced shell.
It is the first time the British company has supplied its technology for the marine industry. However, following the success of the project, Equipmake and BAR Technologies are looking into further opportunities to collaborate.
“We firmly believe that the future of this sector will be defined by developments in the sustainability and efficiency of vessels,” says BAR Technologies John Cooper. “We have been delighted to partner with Equipmake on its remarkable powertrain. [..] We look forward to exploring further opportunities to work together.”