BY APB Staff on 21 May 2019

The Lucia 40 sailing catamaran will be the first demonstration boat fitted with the new sustainability- and experience-driven system

Volvo Penta announces its collaboration with Fountaine Pajot on its latest prototype electromobility technology. The initiative is part of the company’s commitment to offer electrified solutions in its marine and industrial product ranges, driven by the belief that the needs of environmental sustainability and customer requirements are becoming ever more aligned, as electrified options become increasingly feasible.

This new technology will be installed in a Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 sailing catamaran as the first demonstration boat fitted with the system. The installation and subsequent sea trials will be held over the coming months, where the system’s performance and durability will be fine-tuned.

Volvo Penta Partners With Fountaine Pajot On Electromobility Technology
(Photo: Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40)

“This collaboration with Fountaine Pajot is a strong endorsement of the faith in the market for this type of new technology and our ability to deliver a viable solution,” says Johan Inden, President of Region Europe at Volvo Penta. “Fountaine Pajot’s wealth of knowledge, closeness to its customers and data regarding how boat owners use their vessels is proving invaluable in helping to deliver a real-world proof-of-concept, and in delivering an electric solution that gives significant benefits to customers. We are going to be learning how to maximise the benefits of this new technology in real-world situations together.”

“We also see significant benefits in this alliance,” agrees Vincent Laigo, head of Design Office at Fountaine Pajot. “There is a significant and growing proportion of our customer base that is looking for greater on-board living convenience, lower maintenance, increased sustainability and a more natural sailing experience. We believe that the new electric technology being developed by Volvo Penta will answer many of these customer aspirations. We are also confident that this technical solution will be well-supported around the world.”

Fountaine Pajot is one of France’s leading boat builders and a long-term customer of Volvo Penta. An innovator in its own right, the company was founded in 1976 and has its production base at La Rochelle, where it manufactures over 600 units a year. The company has its own research and development department, where it has developed several innovative processes, including the ability to make boat hulls by injection molding.

A more in-depth review of the new technology will be published in the coming months, as Volvo Penta moves to lift the lid on the latest innovation during fall 2019.