Electric Yachts Will Soon Take Over The Seas?

Electric yachts are poised to become the environmentally-conscious boating option of the future for those who are wealthy enough to afford them.

By Iqra Butt | Published

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We all have heard of electric cars and how it is the future of transportation. Now there are electric yachts that are available. Equipped with bedrooms, private bathrooms, and jacuzzis with massive views, electric yachts might be for you!

When many people think of luxury there’s a few things that come to mind. Yachts have long been symbols of wealth, offering their owners and guests comfort and style while cruising. However, these sea vessels have large negative environmental impacts.

Air pollution is a major concern when it comes to yachts. The majority of yachts are not electric yachts and are powered by diesel engines, which emit harmful pollutants into the air. These emissions can have a significant impact on air quality according to the EPA, specifically because diesel engines release carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.

The pollution of water is another major issue associated with yachts. Harmful sewage discharge is a common practice among yachts as are oil and fuel spills. These all can have serious consequences for marine life and water quality which can cause sickness and damage ecosystems.

Enter electric yachts, which are the environment-conscious alternative. Powered by electric motors, they produce zero emissions and eliminate the risk of oil spills. This results in a lower impact on air quality and climate change since they don’t create harmful pollutants. 

Furthermore, electric yachts eliminate the need for sewage discharge, since they are equipped with onboard wastewater treatment systems that can process and store sewage. The electric motors are significantly more efficient and quieter than diesel engines, reducing the amount of noise pollution in marine environments. The absence of vibrations and fumes from diesel engines can no doubt improve passenger comfort and safety.

So if all of this sounds enticing and you’re in the market for one, Lazzarini just unveiled the new Royal Alpha 1 electric yacht. The vessel comes equipped with 3 bedrooms, 3 private baths, a stunning view, and goes for about $4 million according to Buffalo News. The Lazzarini website indicates that the electric yacht will be 20 meters long.

While the market for electric yachts is small, there are a growing number of options available for you. The Silent 60 is a 60-foot vessel that is powered by a solar-electric system. The award-winning vessel is capable of reaching 20 knots and boasts an “unlimited range”.

If you’re looking for a high-performance model, the X Shore Eelex 8000 may be for you. It’s an 8-meter electric boat that offers multiple designs whether you need it for recreational use or a high-speed race. It is powered by a 170 kW electric motor and has a crazy top speed of 30+ knots!

As concern grows about the impacts of human activities on the planet, it is increasingly clear that the yachting industry must find ways to reduce its environmental footprint. This promising solution of electric yachts offers a range of benefits over traditional diesel yachts. These yachts may soon take over the seas as more people utilize them for travel and leisure.