BY APB Staff on 16 Sep 2022

The Chinese electric outboard startup hopes to accelerate the development of high-power electric propulsion solutions

Chinese electric outboard startup ePropulsion has opened a new research and development centre in Shanghai. The company says the centre will focus on the research of boat energy systems and electric propulsion systems based on the company’s portfolio of products that are all developed in-house.

“The establishment of the new R&D Centre in Shanghai is another exciting milestone in our ambition to be at the forefront of the industry, driving change through continuous innovation,” says Danny Tao, co-founder and CEO of ePropulsion.

“The R&D Centre in Shanghai plugs the gap in our research and development capabilities for high-power energy systems and electric propulsion systems. It will enhance our expertise in system research and development, design, and integration, which will be key to unlocking the potential of the high-power boat market and the market for hybrid solutions.”

The systems developed in the Shanghai R&D Centre will be designed to connect to and integrate with the Internet of Boats (IoB) and assistive technology for boat autonomous driving solutions that are currently being developed at the company’s Hong Kong and Shenzhen centres.

Heading up the R&D facility in Shanghai is new R&D Director, Mingwei Shi, a new appointment at ePropulsion, who will be a valuable addition to help improve the company’s system R&D capabilities and management, as well as expand its business in East China and other domestic and overseas markets.

Mingwei Shi

Mingwei Shi

An experienced engineer with more than 10 years’ work experience in many well-known companies, including ABB, Shi has a Masters in Control Theory and Control Engineering and a solid technical background in the fields of marine electric propulsion systems, variable frequency drive systems, lithium battery energy storage systems and networking. He also brings a wealth of experience in product application research and development and multi-cultural team management.

Commenting on his new role, Shi said: “I’m delighted to join ePropulsion at what is an exciting and transformational time for the marine sector. In line with our vision to lead the way to a more sustainable, climate-friendly and intelligent marine industry, we will continue to launch innovative and competitive new system solutions to support the development of the company’s system integration business – another area that is undergoing rapid growth. Our centre in Shanghai will be an important hub to facilitate our business in East China and other regions of the country and overseas markets as we look to capitalize on the growing appetite for electric propulsion solutions.”