World’s first network of electric powerboat superchargers launches in Monaco


Vita superPower™, the world’s first network of electric powerboat superchargers, was launched today at the Yacht Club de Monaco. Designed specifically to support the use of high-performance electric boats, the charging stations will be rolled out initially along the French Riviera prior to a global rollout to revolutionize the electric boating industry.


This project is directly in line with the policy of the Yacht Club de Monaco, presided by  HSH Prince Albert II, and its Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge event (2-6 July 2019) promoting clean energy propulsion systems to meet the environmental imperatives of marine-based industries. The Yacht Club de Monaco has its own fleet of electric boats which are used throughout the year by its Sports Section and for YCM regattas.
ZERO Emissions goal
For the sixth edition of the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge, the Yacht Club de Monaco and its partners have thrown down the gauntlet to competitors and the Monegasque community to produce as near to zero emissions as possible throughout the week, by banning all fossil fuels. Ashore and at sea, initiatives to reduce the event’s impact. Any initiative will be encouraged and promoted.
YCM General Secretary, Bernard d’Alessandri, comments “As concerns mount for the future of our planet, we think it’s essential the yachting sector embrace clean energy sources to cut greenhouse gas emissions, in line with commitments undertaken by States during the Paris Agreement. Convinced that one must lead by example, and as an integral part of our Monaco: Capital of Yachting project, we want to prick people’s consciences, and support this kind of project to contribute to the environmental issue.”
Each station supports AC and DC charging. With a maximum power output of 150 kWh, they allow DC compatible powerboats to half recharge in under an hour, significantly extending their autonomy and enabling some of the world’s most beautiful coastlines to establish a lasting tradition of emissions-free boating.
Vita Yachts was established in 2017, with the aim of bringing the latest in automotive technology and engineering to the marine world. Its team draws together specialists in F1 engineering, the superyacht industry, the finance industry, the luxury automotive sector and high-end product design.
Speaking at the launch, Stewart Wilkinson, Founder and Chairman of Vita Yachts, said: “This is an important milestone for those of us who believe in a sustainable approach to luxury boat design. Concerns over autonomy are always the greatest obstacle to the widespread adoption of electric mobility. Vita superPower™ not only eliminates those concerns but does so at a lower cost than traditional refuelling. As more and more boats incorporate DC technology, the argument for electric boating will become much harder to dismiss.”