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Electric stealth at Speed

The first ever production RIB with a fully integral electric drive will be at Speed@Seawork this year.

The PULSE58 from RS Electric Boats blends proven automotive electronic technology, sustainable construction and an extremely efficient electric drive optimised hull form to achieve a range of 35 miles at its maximum speed of 20+ knots

A 57kWh battery bank stored in a purpose designed underfloor structural case delivers up to 104v to the ground-breaking RAD drive propulsion unit. RAD drive is a unique and integral retractable drive unit that belt feeds power from the twin motors to a hub-less drive unit. The electronic management system controls all aspects of the drive, motor control and battery conditioning and also controls the electric drive tilt mechanism that lifts the RAD drive into the transom in shallow water.

PULSE58’s hull has been purposely designed for its electric drive. The tunnel hull form and long waterline length give decreased low speed drag that suits the instant torque of electric power, while providing a stable and manoeuvrable platform at speed. The battery bank deep in the hull lowers the centre of gravity, increasing comfort. Hypalon tubes and an integral cockpit non-slip floor combine to give a high quality and long-lasting finish

PULSE58’s sustainable construction is comprised of Bio-based infused epoxy resin, recycled PET core material and naturally sourced basalt and flax fibres. These fibres are incredibly strong and energy absorbing. Experience gained in the sustainable construction of the successful RS Aero and RS21 sailboats has enabled RS to bring to market the most sustainable laminate of any RIB in the sector. This innovative laminate is lightweight and long lasting in even the most extreme environments. RS Electric Boats has partnered with Tree Aid to offset the carbon to ensure the entire build cycle process is carbon neutral.

Alex Newton Southon and Jon Partridge, joint RS CEOs, launched the PULSE58 at the recent Dusseldorf boat show, and spoke about their vision for the project and future plans.

“We are so proud and excited to have brought the first 100% fully integrated electric production RIB to market, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We felt that it was time for change and to challenge habits, from the conversations we’ve been having around the Pulse58 it’s so apparent we’re not the only people that think it’s important” said Alex.

Jon said, “RS was born 25 years ago with the dream of changing how people race and enjoy small boats, our motivations and dreams haven’t changed. With the PULSE58 we want people to enjoy the water in a completely new way – we want to reduce the amount of pollution in our waters and enjoy our playing field for a lot longer to come”.

Jon added, “The PULSE58 has been the product of 2 years of development but this is just the beginning. It’s a game changer that we believe the industry is ready for and excited about.”

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