Making waves: E1 series to demonstrate power of electric powerboating

Everywhere you look, electric vehicles seem to be taking over. Electric cars taking to the roads, and now, electric powerboats racing along waterways.

E1 and SeaBird Technologies have combined the worlds of electric boating technology with pleasure boat manufacturing, by tasking marine engineers at Victory Marine with the creation of a new electric RaceBird powerboat.

As a designer, it’s always a special moment to see your own concept come to life…As the name suggests, the inspiration for the boat came from birds, and with Victory Marine, we’ll soon be watching the RaceBird in action and taking flight on the water.

– Sophi Horne, founder of SeaBird Technologies

The E1 series is being launched as the world’s first electric powerboat racing series, and will give us the possibility to observe a new range of electric powerboats capable of driving at speeds of up to 60 knots, in a variety of far-flung locations across the globe.

It’s a chance to show that water and electricity can mix afterall, and deliver some incredible powerboat racing experiences.

Bold and electrifying

With an exclusive licence to promote the world’s sole electric powerboat championship for the next quarter of a century by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), E1 is expected to see at least 12 teams competing in a variety of courses. The UIM is known as the international governing body of powerboating, and its licencing of the series is a major step forward for electric powerboating.

Whether the boats make a splash on rivers, lakes, or the open sea, the race course possibilities are seemingly endless. Living on a planet where 71 per cent of the surface is water has its advantages, it seems.

“With E1 Series, we want to electrify the sea, the rivers, the lakes all over the world. Make the electrical revolution come to the water”, explains Alejandro Agag, E1’s co-founder.

One of the biggest issues when it comes to powerboats is the sheer scale of pollution conventional models can generate. If a boat uses a combustion engine, unburnt fuel can often be expelled into the water along with other chemicals and metals, disrupting the pH and oxygen levels of a body of water. This, in turn, can disrupt the delicate balance needed to ensure that life can be sustained below the surface.

E1 intends to show how there is a new way of taking to the water, without the need to use boats that pollute in this way.

RaceBird shows the way

RaceBird powerboats will be front and centre of the E1 series, each one expected to have a speed of 60 knots, driven by a single pilot. Designs are expected to be revealed to the public on 8th June 2021, World Oceans Day, before prototype testing gets underway in October, making sure they are completely watertight.

Sophi Horne, founder of SeaBird Technologies, and designer for RaceBird, explains the name for the new powerboats and her role in the creative process itself: “As a designer, it’s always a special moment to see your own concept come to life…As the name suggests, the inspiration for the boat came from birds, and with Victory Marine, we’ll soon be watching the RaceBird in action and taking flight on the water.”

Just as Extreme E plans to take audiences across the world with a series of breath-taking races, to highlight the power of electric cars, the E1 series will let us see how electric powerboats can make a real difference, while delivering its own exciting boat races.

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