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RS Electric Boats, the new sister company to international maritime company RS Sailing, this week launched Pulse58 – the world’s first production Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) with a fully integral electric drive.

The ground-breaking 5.8m electric RIB was unveiled at Boot Dusseldorf, the world’s leading water sports tradeshow. It is the product of 2 years of development, aimed at bringing cutting-edge zero emission automotive drivetrain technology to the mainstream maritime industry. 

Powered by ten Hyperdrive HY Energy plus battery packs that are stored in a purpose designed underfloor structural case, the industry disrupting model has a range of 35 nautical miles at its maximum speed of 20 knots.  

Stephen Irish, Commercial Director at Hyperdrive commented, “Tightening legislation, growing environmental concerns and rapidly falling battery costs are driving huge demand for electrification across multiple industries. It’s an exciting prospect to bring our expertise from already-established sectors into the maritime industry as it too looks towards a cleaner future. RS Electric Boats deserves huge credit for being the first to market with such an innovative forward-thinking product.”

Pulse58’s sustainable construction comprises 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 – meaning improved range – and long lasting in even the most extreme environments.

Alex Newton, CEO at RS Sailing, commented “As a trusted electrification partner to original equipment manufacturers around the world, RS Electric Boats have partnered with Hyperdrive for the battery supply of the Pulse58, the first fully integral produced electric RIB. Hyperdrive’s ability to deliver innovative solutions has allowed us to develop a truly groundbreaking product that can redefine the marine industry.”