July 21, 2022

Beneteau ElectricGroupe Beneteau is launching a partnership with Quebec-based Vision Marine Technologies to develop and market 100% electric outboard boats.

The revolutionary Vision Marine E-MotionTM 180 hp propulsion system combined with a battery with a capacity of 70 kWh of continuous energy, offers the perfect solution for daytime navigation. This innovative engine will first be launched with the Four Winns brand for models available in spring 2023. The technology will also be deployed by other Groupe Beneteau brands, both in North America and Europe.

Groupe Beneteau quickly recognized the growing market demand for electric boats and in March 2022 launched the electrically propelled DELPHIA 11 for navigation on inland waterways and lakes. At the Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2021, the excess 15 Hybrid catamaran was presented to the public while the monohull sailboat Beneteau Oceanis 30.1 with electric motor will be unveiled this summer at Hiswa te Water 2022 in the Netherlands. This partnership with Vision Marine Technologies ensures that electric propulsion will now also be available on outboard powerboats.

"After having built and extensively tested a first jointly developed prototype at the beginning of 2022, Groupe Beneteau's objective is to bring to market a 100% electric boat and propulsion system," says Erik Stromberg, Groupe Beneteau's Boat and Motor Yacht Marketing Director.

Beneteau Electric Motor"We are honored to have the opportunity to offer our E-MotionTM 180E technology as a propulsion system for Four Winns and look forward to a long-term partnership with them. We continue to showcase our technology and install the E-MotionTM solution on many third-party vessels in order to officially move to large-scale production of our E- MotionTM technology and commercialize it," said Alexandre Mongeon, co-founder and CEO of Vision Marine.

"Our high-end technology adapted to the state of the art of the automotive market is at the origin of the partnership with Groupe Beneteau. The E-MotionTM propulsion system is not only a high-voltage motor and battery, it is also a fully optimized powertrain system, designed to increase performance and reduce maintenance. We worked extensively with McLaren Engineering and its parent company Linamar Corp to design a very secure and easy-to-use system. This will change the way boaters do boating," said Xavier Montagne, COO of Vision Marine.

Groupe Beneteau’s brands of boats and yachts include Beneteau, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Prestige, Excess, Delphia, Four Winns, Wellcraft, Scarab, Glastron And Monte Carlo Yachts.