A Norwegian specialist in electric propulsion for high-speed boats
The Norwegian engine manufacturer Evoy was officially founded in 2018. However, its genesis dates back to 2003. After analysing the market, the founders Gunnar and Leif A. Stavostrand, have launched their company specialising in electric motors for the marine environment in a country at the forefront of the field. Norway is one of the pioneers in zero-emission commercial vessels, with electric-powered ferries in service for several years. Evoy has set itself the goal of transposing the technology to high-speed boats and planing hulls. In 2019, the company claimed an unofficial world record of 55 knots for an electric boat.
From inboard to electric outboard
After securing financing from private investors to the tune of NOK 3.75 million (330,000), the company has developed its first inboard-powered demonstrator boat, the Evoy 1, a Polarcirkel 860 model. Evoy says it offers electric inboard engines with up to 800 hp.
In response to a request from the polar cruise ship owner Hurtigruten, Evoy has now embarked on the development of high-powered electric outboard motors. A demonstrator with a power equivalent to 150 thermal HP was to be presented at the Lillestrom show in March, but was finally cancelled due to the health crisis. After validation, it should equip the Zodiac Milpro MARK5 used for excursions.
High power in electric outboard
Designed for professional use, Evoy's new product also opens up new prospects for pleasure boating. While the electric outboards of the main players on the market are limited to small power ratings below 100HP, this new offer could appeal to yachtsmen. Autonomy remains the main technical brake. Although the use of Hurtigruten is mainly linked to short transfers, the majority of boaters sail longer distances (albeit limited).