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New range adapts to new usage

British electric boat specialist, the Neva Group, has revealed that its new range of innovative electric boats is now being adapted for the utility and workboat market for use in harbours and marinas.

The low-maintenance Pixii® SP range is 100% electric and features a robust and lightweight aluminium hull, which means it is also completely recyclable.

Inspired by Hippolyte Pixii, a scientific instrument maker from Paris who built the first apparatus for generating an alternating current from a rotating magnet, Pixii® electric boats are the brainchild of the Neva Group’s three co-founders, Daniel Simpson, Paul Luscombe and Charles Hall, who identified an opportunity to create a new range of sustainable boats to help alleviate further environmental degradation to our world’s oceans.

Originally designed for recreational users as a guilt-free way of boating, the development team at the Neva Group have also identified the many benefits that Pixii® craft can bring to commercial users operating smaller in-harbour workboats and offshore support vessels. In addition to delivering zero emissions and reducing the environmental impact, the use of high power-density second-life batteries means 100% fuel savings and an anticipated 90% reduction in maintenance costs mean minimum disruption to operations.

The Pixii® hull has been designed by Whitehouse Yacht Design, and the elegant lines combine the practical attributes of a tough, reliable SUV for the sea. The Pixii® SP 750 has an estimated top speed of close to 40 knots and a run time of 8-10 hours at 12-14 knots. Propulsion from state-of-the art waterjet drives delivers a fast, efficient, and near-silent driving experience and, with no exposed propellers, exceptional shallow water access is easily achieved.

The company’s figurehead, Managing Director Charles Hall, said: “Covid-19 has forced an acceleration of the fourth industrial revolution, which is really good news for the advancement of smarter technology. By investing in a business that creates a positive impact on the environment, we are delighted to be part of this new wave of cleaner boating. We are extremely proud to wave the British flag for low-carbon boating.”

The first Pixii® hull will be on display on the water at this year’s Seawork exhibition with sea trials expected to take place in spring 2021.

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