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Electric Catamaran 'Explorer Eco 40m' Has 'Solar Skin'

Sunreef Yachts' new LExplorer Eco 40m may be the company’s smallest electric yacht to date, but it includes their proprietary “solar skin”.


(Sunreef favors catamarans over traditional hull designs because they require less energy to propel at sea)

To support the all-electric powertrain, the Eco Explorer 40m is also covered in Sunreef’s proprietary solar skin, which utilizes every available inch of the hull and structure’s external surface to generate free, clean energy – more than enough to power the electric yacht’s onboard systems, HVAC, AV equipment and even its jacuzzi. Per Sunreef Yachts founder and CEO Francis Lapp:

"Sunreef has been at the cutting edge of sustainable yachting since its launch. We are the only superyacht builder to have successfully developed the idea of embedding solar cells into large-scale fibreglass structures."

The first use of the term "electric yacht" occurs in the short story A Strange Trip, by John Baker Hopkins, published by Tinsley's Magazine in 1885:

...Ali Barber seized me by the hand and led me rapidly out of the palace to the bank of the river. There was a small yacht, and I went on board of it with Ali Barber.

“The Treasury is some distance up the Nile. We go to it in the electric ferry boat of the Illustrious.”

We were moving along at a tremendous rate.

“We are alone on board,” said Ali Barber. “This being an electric yacht requires no one to work it.”

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