New range adapts to new usage
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.