SWATH Electra Glide limousine tender is the world’s first carbon neutral solar hybrid superyacht tender. The vessel, introduced at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2014, combines the environmental benefits of solar electric sustainability with the no-sea-sickness comfort of an anti-roll SWATH vessel.
Built by NEDSHIP in carbon epoxy, the 12 passengers Limo Tender comes with air conditioning that provides both cooling and heating. A surround sound entertainment system with two flat screen TV’s which can display exterior security cameras and navigational data. For greater enjoyment, electric side opening gull wing windows offer shaded luxury in a airy interior ambiance.
Richard Sauter, head of design, comments: “The SWATH Electra Glide tender takes us to an era of Responsible Luxury Yachting, where zero carbon solar power is a standard requirement and anti-roll, full standing spaciousness is taken for granted.”
Powered by twin 300hp Regen Electric outboards, the tender’s maximum speed is 45kt. In addition, developers claim this performance tender is far greener, more ergonomic, and virtually silent.
Unlike power from internal combustion engines is extremely efficient throughout its entire speed range. At 8 knots the 50kwh Li Po Batteries give the tender a zero carbon range of up to 40 nautical miles. The 20kw a day solar panels produce up to 7Mws annually, which at 16 knots is enough energy to travel more than 1,000 carbon neutral nautical miles.
In typical ship to shore commuting the tenders Solbian solar array generates all the energy needed. If more power is required, a choice of diesel Gensets up to 85kws extends the tenders range and boosts the hotel services while recharging the batteries in under an hour.
Other innovative features are the unparalleled 2-metre standing height and convenience of its fully equipped galley and bar which expands the utilization of the tender to day trip expeditions, which allows for beaching in remote areas due to the SWATH twin hull design.