The very first known electric boat to ferry passengers was in September 1838 across the Neva River. However, the very first real commercial electric boat was the Electricity, ferrying passengers along the River Thames in 1882. Fast forward some 130 years later, the electric watercraft is given its most revolutionary development with the Q30.
Dubbed by many as the future of electric boating, the Q30 boasts of a next-generation electrical propulsion system that will usher in a new era of super-quiet, ultra-efficient boating experience. With the Oceanvolt AXC20 electric motor providing continuous, uninterrupted power rated at 20kW, the Q30 can easily cruise 80 nautical miles on its 60 kWh Oceanvolt lithium battery pack. Of course, if one uses the 30 kWh version of the battery, the cruising range can be reduced to just 42 nautical miles. When on a gentle cruise, the Q30 can go a comfy 9 knots. It’s perfect for those wanting a more pleasant, more leisurely cruise along the coast.
If 9 knots is snail’s pace for you, then pumping the motor up to 15 knots should help you feel that adrenaline in your arteries. It’s not really that fast. But considering that the Q30 runs on electricity, it is already remarkable that it can breach the 10-knot speed. Pushing the Q30 to its max will also reduce your range. For the Q30 running on 60 kWh batteries, this means reducing the range from 80 nautical miles on cruising speed to just 40 NM.
The Q30 was not designed as a speed demon; let’s get that fact straight. It’s designed specifically to let sailors enjoy the journey. It’s the type of boat that one would want to spend more hours just lying back inside its comfy and posh interior or simply cruising, following the contours of the rugged coastline. The controls on the Q30 make it super-easy to navigate any water while its hydrodynamically-optimized design helps ensure you don’t get that nasty wake that is characteristic of traditional boats.
Enjoying the journey in the Q30 is easy. Once you get to your destination, you’d definitely want to go back onboard.