Newly-formed German–US company Voltaire Electric Yachts has introduced an electric power catamaran concept, with a holistic approach to zero-emission, sustainability, performance and luxury.
The Voltaire 33 Shy is the first model from Voltaire Electric Yachts and is designed as an open day boat for coastal water cruising. Made with sustainable flax-fibre composite, this open power-catamaran promises to be 100 percent electric.
Designed with an impressive range of more than 100-nautical-miles, the 9.9-metre long vessel has two slim racing hulls for maximum efficiency and high stability.
The exterior of the Voltaire 33 Sky has been designed by Jonas Hertwig and is characterised by dynamic shapes and distinctive chines. The slim hulls have reversed bows and are complemented with a dynamic yet elegant silhouette.
On board, the Voltaire 33 Sky will offer large entertaining spaces, including a large dining area aft and a spacious cocktail lounge at the bow.
With the bow table lowered, a 3.5-metre x 1.8-metre sun pad offers a key area for relaxation and socialising. Both areas can be covered with a large sunshade.
A spacious bathroom on the starboard side offers standing height and ample light through the side window. The wet-bar opposite comes with a sink as well as a large fridge and can be fitted with a coffee machine or gas barbecue.
A special feature lies in the catamaran design itself. The twin-hull structure results in enormous stability, creating a solid platform for relaxation even in a busy bay.
The Voltaire 33 Sky has been designed with a focus on long-range cruising, with a range of 100-nautical-miles at a speed of 9 knots, and a calculated top speed of 17–20 knots.
The Power-Train of the Voltaire 33 Sky is supplied by Torqeedo and BMW. Two Deep Blue engines with the joint power of 100kW are linked to shaft-drives, enabling a high net power at the propellers. The shaft drives also give the boat the ability to beach on sandy shores.
Two 42kWh BMW i3 batteries supply the power for the engines and hotel loads. An optional 600 Wp solar unit can be integrated into the T-Top.
Unlike most contemporary boats made of glass fibre-reinforced polyester, Voltaire yachts are made of flax-fibre composite with bio-epoxy resin.
Besides the sustainable sourcing of the materials, flax composite offers advanced technical properties such as enhanced insulation and complete water tightness.
While more luxury shipyards are offering flax-fibre composite as a building material, Voltaire will be the first serial boat builder implementing flax as the standard material for its boats, making a statement toward cleaner boat production.
The Voltaire 33 Sky can be ordered from July 2020 for spring 2021 delivery and will be manufactured at the Daedalus Yachts factory in North Carolina, USA.