Canada-headquartered electric boatbuilder Vision Marine Technologies has delivered its E-Motion Electric Powertrain Technology to Beneteau Group, Four Winns, at its production facility in Michigan.

These will be the inaugural electric motors integrated into the Four Winns H2e Bowrider.

These boats will embark on a voyage to Europe, where they will be showcased at the Dusseldorf boat show from 20-28 January 2024. Vision Marine says this event, renowned for presenting breakthroughs in the boating world, will serve as the perfect platform to highlight the exceptional capabilities and innovations of the E-Motion powered boats.

Following this debut, The E-Motion 180E-equipped boats will be delivered to their ultimate owner, marking a significant milestone – the first-ever electric boats coming off the Four Winns production line destined for consumer ownership.

“The pioneering efforts of Groupe Beneteau and their dedicated production team, in crafting a specialised assembly line for electric boats, not only sets the course for the future; but also fortifies Four Winns with a distinct advantage against any subsequent boat manufacturer venturing into electrification,” says Alexandre Mongeon, CEO of Vision Marine.

Xavier Montagne, chief technical officer of Vision Marine, comments: “We are elated to see Groupe Beneteau extend boats to the European markets and provide a window to our marine electric propulsion system. We believe the H2E platform is ideal for showcasing the versatility and strength of our system on manufacturers’ boats to fellow European boating enthusiasts.”

Erik Stromberg, vice-president of power & motor yacht development of Beneteau Group, adds: “Our partnership with Vision Marine represents a significant stride towards achieving a harmonious balance between unmatched performance and environmental stewardship. The debut of the Four Winns H2e Bowrider in Europe is a testament to our shared commitment to fostering a sustainable future for the marine industry.”

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