Slovenian boatbuilder Greenline has reported a busy 2019, having launched two new models – the 48 Coupe and the all-new 45 Fly – during the year and, in the NEO, an entirely new range.
The influx of new models and significant expansion in North America, which now represents 30% of total production, saw overall growth of over 25% compared to 2018 from €18.2m to €23.1m.
North America’s appetite for Greenline´s hybrid technology established a trend that was mirrored globally for the brand in 2019. In the US, 90% of boats sold to the region were equipped with H-Drive hybrid technology and, worldwide, an increase of hybrid adoption from 43%-49% from between 2018 and 2019 demonstrates a clear path towards a more sustainable style of cruising.
Another trend emerged with an increase in the number of large boats in the range sold, many with a very high specification, says Greenline. To this end, 2019 saw the opening of an all-new production line at company headquarters in Begunje specifically for the 45 and 48 to help meet demand for bigger boats in the range.
Greenline’s focus on sustainable boating saw the roll out of its all-electric E-Drive system across the entire range with electric-only boats being sold to countries across the network including Monaco, Hungary and the US.
At this week’s Boot Düsseldorf show, Greenline launched its 5G H-Drive, the latest version of its hybrid drive system with flexible battery add-ons. Depending on the model, customers can upgrade to up to three additional batteries to more than double the current available cruising range using just electric power.
As for 2020, Greenline expects another exciting year for the shipyard, which will see investment in production efficiency and hybrid technology and two new models by the end of the year.