Groupe Beneteau, a global market leader in recreational boating, and Vision Marine, the leader in electric transition of the recreational boating industry, have launched a partnership to integrate Vision Marine Technologies’ revolutionary, high-power outboard motors onboard several models across Groupe Beneteau’s brand portfolio.
Innovation is a keystone of Groupe Beneteau’s heritage, shaping trends in boating for over 130 years. Groupe Beneteau was quick to recognize the growing market demand for electric boats and launched in March 2022 the DELPHIA 11 with electric propulsion for boating on inland waterways and lakes. At the Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2021, it had also presented the BENETEAU Oceanis 30.1 with electric engine and the EXCESS 15 Hybrid. This partnership with Vision Marine Technologies ensures truly game-changing electric propulsion will also be available on outboard boats.
“After the construction and thorough testing of a first, jointly developed prototype in early 2022, the objective is to bring to market a 100% electric boat and propulsion package” states Erik Stromberg, Power and Motor Yacht Product Director for Groupe Beneteau. Stromberg continues “The key to electrification is to have a full analysis of the customer use case. Many of the boats in our portfolio fit perfectly with a 100% electric solution. This solution is complementary and fully compatible with our other propulsion packages.”
The groundbreaking Vision Marine E-Motion 180 hp powertrain system, boasting battery capacity of 70kWh of continuous power, offers the perfect package for day boating. The initial commercial offering with Groupe Beneteau will be launched under the Four Winns brand, with deliveries expected to be available in spring 2023. The technology will also be rolled out by other brands within Groupe Beneteau, both in North America and Europe.