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Pascoe International has announced the sale of the world’s first 100% electric superyacht limousine tender. The tender is now under construction and will be delivered in 2023 to a large new build mothership from a major Northern European shipyard.
Following a six-year research and development period, Pascoe International is now offering full electric propulsion for their limousines and open guest tenders. Their renowned technical team had been studying the viability of electric-tender propulsion in collaboration with expert advisors and research partners.
During this process they have carried out extensive R&D on hull design, motor integration, battery performance and whole-system optimisation. Partners include automotive electrification specialists, propeller designers, battery manufacturers and leading university research teams.
With an ever-increasing focus on sustainability, this project will mark the start of a new era for yachting. At a time when stricter emissions regulations are being introduced across the globe, the zero-emission Pascoe Tenders will be a showcase of advanced marine technology from launch and for many years to come.
Tom Southern, vice president at Pascoe International, commented, “The realisation of a zero-emission at point of use Limousine Tender, with a top speed of 40 knots and a maximum range of 60 miles, will be a defining moment for the superyacht industry. The e-Limousine truly signifies the beginning of a new wave of luxury water-borne travel and a move away from internal combustion propulsion systems in the superyacht sector.”
For a yacht owner and their guests, the appeal of an electric limousine tender is not just environment related. Key advantages include the considerable fossil fuel savings, achieved by charging the tender from the ship’s own power generation systems compared to running the tender directly on diesel.
Other advantages of the Pascoe Tender include a near total removal of torsional vibration transmitted into the hull structure, a considerable reduction in noise both inside the cabin and outside the tender, and a significant increase in acceleration due to the torque profile of the electric motors.
Pascoe International has partnered with experts in marine propulsion to develop a new drive system that provides optimum propulsion efficiency whilst removing the noise and vibration associated with a conventional stern-drive. The e-Limousine drive will offer precise joystick docking and unprecedented improvements in comfort levels for guests travelling on board.
With over 250 projects delivered since the company was founded in 2004, Pascoe International has unrivalled experience in the design, integration and understanding of the operational profiles of modern superyacht tenders. Using data collected from the 27 Pascoe Limousines in active service, it is evident that fully electric guest tenders are now a viable and far superior alternative to combustion fuelled craft.
For more information, visit Pascoe International.
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