Electric watercraft have been gaining significant popularity in the boating market. However, the Swedish startup POL is taking things a step further with their groundbreaking electric catamaran, the POL Lux. What sets it apart is its ability to recharge using solar power. By incorporating roof-mounted solar panels, the POL Lux can continuously charge its battery, whether it’s cruising or docked, as long as the sun is shining.
A Sustainable Powerhouse
The POL Lux is a 7.8-meter (25 ft.) marvel built with a catamaran design and a cork deck. It can comfortably accommodate up to 13 adults, with a spacious net at the bow allowing a few passengers to lounge over the water. The boat’s asymmetrical driving position provides a range of seating options to optimize social interactions.
But the POL Lux is not merely a day cruiser. Its modular design allows it to transform into a camper. Equipped with custom tent walls, the cabin can be shielded from rain or unwelcome eyes. The benches can be converted into beds, and there’s even a suspended mattress that hangs like a hammock, offering additional sleeping space for extra guests. The POL Lux encourages users to configure the space according to their needs and preferences, ensuring a flexible and personalized experience.
Power and Silence
The boat is propelled by a pair of electric motors, enabling it to reach a maximum speed of 11 knots (12.6 mph or 20.3 km/h). However, it typically cruises at a more relaxed pace of around 7 knots (8 mph or 13 km/h). In the event that the batteries run out of charge, the POL Lux can still operate using solar power, albeit at a reduced speed of 4 knots (4.6 mph or 7.4 km/h). With a maximum range of 60 nautical miles (69 miles or 111 km) on a single charge, the boat’s 18 kWh battery, though smaller than those found in electric cars, offers sufficient endurance.
In addition to its impressive performance, the POL Lux distinguishes itself with its whisper-quiet operation. Unlike traditional ICE outboard motors, the electric motors emit minimal noise. This design choice aims to eliminate barriers between boaters and nature, enabling a more immersive and tranquil experience.
A Promising Future
The POL Lux has already begun in-water testing, and the company is accepting reservations from eager customers who wish to secure an early spot in line. With a starting price of approximately €128,000 or US $135,000 (1.4 million SEK including VAT), the Lux offers an attractive and more affordable option compared to some other electric boats on the market. While competitors like X Shore and Candela boast higher power motors and faster top speeds, the POL Lux differentiates itself with its solar recharging capabilities and the adventure of a camper-on-the-water experience.
As the demand for sustainable watercraft continues to rise, the POL Lux could potentially dominate the market with its innovation and eco-friendly features. Exciting times lie ahead for boating enthusiasts who are eager to explore the possibilities of solar-powered electric catamarans. Until then, watch the video below to catch a glimpse of the exhilarating experience of piloting a Candela C-8 electric boat out of the water and into the air.
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