BY Nick Walton on 16 Apr 2024

All-electric performance pioneers eD-TEC has unveiled the new high-performance eD 32 c-ultra RIB

Nearing completion in Germany, the new 9.5-metre performance RIB model is being built by renowned German carbon boatbuilder Sven Akermann, on whose design the RIB is based.

Measuring 9.5 metres LOA with a 3.2-metre beam and just 0.84-metre draft, the new RIB offers the perfect platform for lake and coastal exploring alike. A 30-knot cruise and 50-knot top speed deliver zero-emission, zero-noise thrill rides, while an optional jet thruster system means the boat is super manoeuvrable in tight spaces, making it perfect for superyacht guest operations.

The new model’s hull is foil-ready, with an optional foil-assist system offering extended range and further seakeeping advantages, making it ideal as a superyacht tender or for the leisure market. 

The new model, based on a proven Akermann design, has been modified in the aft section to cater to eD-TEC’s revolutionary eD-QDrive 1 propulsion units, surface drives, eD-Technology Stack and battery pack.

All-electric performance pioneers eD-TEC has unveiled the new high-performance eD 32 c-ultra RIB

The design, thanks to the compact nature of the drive system and the fact there are no outboard engines, means more space aft for leisure aspects such as the large, dedicated sunpad, with easy access to the water thanks to a huge bathing platform. However, the c-ultra’s unique design and the e-D-TEC electric propulsion system also allow for ultimate flexibility, and the expansive aft surface area can be repurposed to cater to any number of operational profiles.

Alongside the performance hull, the c-ultra features a central helm console with two seats and a full glass bridge comprising an Axiom 15.6-inch MFD for navigation and a second screen for systems monitoring, plus a wired MOB system and steering and throttle controls. There’s a forward storage compartment plus that large bathing platform with integrated swim ladder aft of the sunpad, and a hardtop offering shade and protection from the elements over the helm.

All-electric performance pioneers eD-TEC has unveiled the new high-performance eD 32 c-ultra RIB

There are also extensive options available, including alternative colours, adding a modular sunpad with two additional forward-facing seats, adding a head and a shower, a forward console seat and table plus 36-litre fridge, Ullmann seating, radar, sonar, autopilot, wireless MOB, an entertainment system, and even solar panels on the hardtop that can be used to run the domestic and entertainment systems. Owners can also specify additional sun awnings, a performance prop set, the foil-assist system, and a jet thruster system for improved low-speed manoeuvrability.

The first hull is equipped with more than 100kWh of batteries in eD-TEC’s slimline battery pack form, which allows for a range of up to 30 nautical miles on a single charge. These connect via the Technology Stack and AI BOX to the self-contained eD-QDrive 1 drive units, which contain the motors, gearing and surface-piercing propellers. The sealed drive units not only hold all components – making them maintenance free – but they also offer the ultimate in plug-and-play convenience, with the entire drive unit featuring just two connectors and taking less than an hour to unmount and mount through the transom of the boat. What’s more, the AI system allows for over-the-air (OTA) updates, which means the drives can be continually improved as the tech backbone is further refined and developed by eD-TEC.

All-electric performance pioneers eD-TEC has unveiled the new high-performance eD 32 c-ultra RIB

The eD-QDrive units provide up to 400kW peak power to the props which, combined with totally silent operation, makes for an eye-popping, draw-dropping boating experience. Having been developed from the ground up to an all-new design and technology philosophy rather than relying on adapted tech from automotive or other sectors, the eD-QDrive 1 units are unique in the marine sector and are transformative both in what they deliver for performance and what they offer boatbuilders and boat owners alike in ease of installation, operation and maintenance. Combined with the sleek lines and proven hull of the c-ultra, the result is a real leap forward in performance electric boating.

The c-ultra features not only standard 22kW AC charging, but also 150kW DC-DC fast charging which can take the batteries to 80 percent charge in just 40 minutes, making it suitable for superyacht tender operations. eD-TEC is also currently developing a higher capacity battery pack which will allow up to 140kWh of batteries for even greater range and operating time, and which should be available in the second half of 2024.

All-electric performance pioneers eD-TEC has unveiled the new high-performance eD 32 c-ultra RIB

“We were first in touch with Sven around a year ago because he was interested in what eD-TEC was doing and he supported us, so it was a natural extension to work together and to welcome him onto the eD-TEC Believer Team,”says Michael Jost, founder of eD-TEC and former chief strategy officer at the VW Group. “There aren’t many boatbuilders who can not only build in full carbon but who can also do it to a very rapid development timescale, but the quality of the build is second to none. What’s more, the hull is foil-ready, and clients can select a foil-assist system as an option which adds more range and also further aids seakeeping.”

“High-performance electric boats are still considered something of a niche, but we believe the eD 32 c-ultra is perfect for superyachts, and for clients with lakeside or shoreside villas who want the ultimate, clean runabout at the end of their pier,” says Jost. “And of course, there are those other operational profiles for which this RIB provides the perfect platform.”

The boat will be delivered in early summer this year.

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