Video: Electric Quadrofoil Claims to Be The Future of PWC


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OK, we’ll admit it. We’re suckers for new and frankly, weird prototype personal watercraft. Sure, you’ve seen us go on about the land and sea-ready Quadski. We’ve even rattled on about the BomBoard, which can fold up and fit in the trunk of your hatchback Honda. Heck, we even introduced you to the world’s first amphibian motorhome. But today’s post just might be a little too far off the beaten path for most folks.

Introducing the Quadrofoil, the world’s first (and only) electric hydrofoiling personal watercraft (PWC). Claimed to provide “the most economically efficient and completely environmentally friendly mode of recreational marine transportation.” The hydrofoil configuration and patented steering system allows the ‘craft to operate quietly and without disturbing the water.

Wait, what? That’s right. The Quadrofoil doesn’t produce waves or emissions. This claim makes us wonder how fast we can push the Quadrofoil through those seemingly endless “No Wake” manatee-protection zones all over Florida, but we digress. Able to top out at 40 km/h (21 knots or 24 mph) and a range of up to 100 km (54 nautical miles) on a full battery charge, the Quadrofoil isn’t going to break any top speed records, but it can be fully charged in under 2 hours, which ain’t too shabby.

According to the Quadrofoil’s official release, ” Quadrofoil is completely environmentally friendly due to electric outboard motor propulsion and special steering system, both custom developed for Quadrofoil. C-foil technology allows the watercraft to fly on water at speeds up to 21 knots cruising speed (40 km/h) and with several times better efficiency than any other personal watercraft on the market. With buoyancy force which lifts the vessel above the surface, Quadrofoil can travel with minimum drag and extremely efficient battery usage. Additionally, operating costs of 1 EUR per hour and low maintenance makes it also the most wallet-friendly PWC.”

Made available for worldwide pre-order this month, the Quadrofoil is ready for production on a limited edition basis, expected to be shipped in March 2015 on a first come, first served basis.

 

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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