Luxury watercraft manufacturer Hinckley has revealed it intends to build and sell its first pure electric luxury yacht, the Dasher, making use of two BMW i3 batteries – not the first time the Bavarian electric hits the water.

You might remember a few months back we told you about the Torqeedo, another motorboat that has decided the batteries form the i3 are the perfect solution for green naval transportation. The new Hinckley Dasher makes use of a pair of i3 batteries to provide 40 miles of range at 10 mph speed, or 20-25 miles of range at around 20 mph. “Her cruising speed is 10mph with fast cruising at 18-27 mph. Range is 40 miles at cruising speed and 20-25 miles at fast cruising speeds,” reads the company statement. The under 30 feet watercraft is already up for reserve, with first deliveries coming summer of 2018.

[Video] The Hinckley Dasher is a BMW i3-powered luxury motorboat 1

The powertrain makes use of two electric motors, receiving power from the two BMW i3 batteries – the manufacturer says there’s a 40 kWh capacity, meaning we could be looking at the older 22 kWh packs, repurposed and combined. The electric motors feature 80 ponies each and there’s Dual 50 Amp Dock Charging for a full charge in 4 hours – the luxury craft also features a carbon-epoxy composite hull and carbon stringers, an open layout, and artisanal teak. That would be Hinckley’s debut of a lightweight hand-painted epoxy composite that comes with the signature varnished teak look without the weight or maintenance costs of traditional varnished teak wood.


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