Beneteau First 44
Beneteau launches two new Torqeedo-powered electric boats
The Salon Nautic de Paris is hosting the premiere of two new electric sailing yachts from Beneteau: the Oceanis 30.1 and the First 44. The two new offerings are the continued realisation of Groupe Beneteau's sustainability strategy, which takes a look at manufacturing processes and product development with an eye toward carbon reduction and eco-friendliness.
Gianguido Girotti, Boat Division CEO of the Groupe Beneteau, recently explained: "On the product development side, we are currently focused on reducing the environmental impact in two key areas: composite materials and propulsion systems."
Hull one of the Beneteau First 44 takes on both challenges. The racer/cruiser boasts a Torqeedo emission-free Cruise pod drive system and was built with recyclable resin. The First 44 was recently honoured with a Boat Builder Award for Environmental Improvement in Manufacturing Process for their integration of bio-sourced materials and recyclable resin at scale. An electrified version of the Oceanis 30.1 will also be launched at the Salon Nautic.
"The partnership between Groupe Beneteau and Torqeedo continues to bring exciting new vessels to the marine market, expanding the opportunities for boaters to go 100% emission-free," said Fabian Bez, CEO of Torqeedo GmbH.
The partnership between the two industry-leading companies is already a success for two other Groupe Beneteau brands: Excess and Delphia, with the delivery of a hybrid-electric test platform for the Excess 15, powered by Torqeedo's Deep Blue saildrive, and two 100% electric models from the Delphia brand: the Delphia 10 and the Delphia 11.
Martin Schemkes, brand director for Delphia, said, "Delphia is redefining the inland waterway cruising experience, making it easier to enjoy and easier on the planet. The technology for what we call "mindful cruising" is here today, thanks to our partners at Torqeedo, and Delphia intends to be 100% electric by 2024.