Dutch zero-emission powerboat company Edorado announced the launch of the Edorado 8S, an electric boat that promises to revolutionize the future of powerboating with the help of clean technology. The vessel offers premium design, power and speed without any oil, emissions, wake or noise.
Co-founders Giel Groothuis and Godert van Hardenbroek dedicated years of development producing a premium, ultra-fast design. The result is a boat with retractable hydrofoils and electric drive-train, that literally takes off, quickly accelerating to speeds that lift the hull clean off the water.
Once you reach take-off speed, you can really feel the acceleration as the resistance disappears and you feel a strong sensation of release, of being propelled forward. And then, unlike traditional powerboats – constantly smashing into waves – the Edorado flies right over the surface, like a sports aircraft. It glides silently over the water: a new and totally unique feeling, like combining the speed of a powerboat with the tranquillity of sailing. – Godert Van Hardenbroek, co-Founder & Product Architect
The 8S is fitted with modern tech features and a patented safety system. The boat’s unique hydrofoil system is equipped with a proprietary Automatic Control System, whose smart computer makes adjustments to its two foils for safety and stability. The two propellers of the ‘twin drive’ system provide control.
The 8S’s design was penned by a leading product designer Ivo van Hulten has used his years of experience in the German automotive industry to design a boat with powerful lines and proportions, from the extended bow to the wraparound screen.
I wanted to capture that innovation, but also connect it with something timeless, so that it’s not just futuristic but also has the feeling of a really classic boat. Then, with the rear winglet extended, it has something like a bullet or airplane shape. So it looks premium and classic, but it’s really fast! – Ivo van Hulten, the 8S’s designer
The ‘Launch Edition’ of the Edorado 8S is exclusively available for select buyers, while pre-orders of the standard 8S model can be made globally. The electric powerboat costs €350,000 (around $414,000).