Solar Powered Hybrid Yacht A Big Beast

We admit we enjoy covering new yachts that incorporate green technology if only to aim a few jeers in their direction. After all, is there anything truly green about cruising through the water on a giant luxury boat? Still, as unlikely of an eco-friendly ally as yachts are, it’s nice to see new concepts that cater to the wealthy are starting to embrace clean energy ideas. Such is the case with a new hybrid yacht concept from Sauter Carbon Offset Design and the Ned Ship Group called the Emax Excalibur.

The mega-boat is roughly 72 feet in length, and features three double cabins, plus a single cabin, but not much deck space as a good deal of ship is covered in a photovoltaic carbon epoxy exoskeleton, giving it a solar power boost of energy that helps render the vessel nearly carbon-neutral when traveling at low speeds.

Emax Excalibur, Solar Boat, Hybrid, GM

image via Sauter Carbon Offset Design

The Emax Excalibur is equipped with a plug-in lithium-ion battery system of under 200 kilowatts, as well as two V8 VW TDI305 motors and a GM Allison Hybrid Transmission that was original designed with help from the Department of Energy. The craft can carry 3,000 liters of fuel, and travel a maximum speed of 30 knots.

All in all, not a bad way to travel, if you want to get away from everything. And besides, if you want to be truly free, there’s nothing like turning a giant cruiser into international waters for a couple days of unbridled decadence. Or maybe just a quick jaunt around the Italian cost for some light golfing. That sounds nice, too.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.


  • Reply July 8, 2011


    Next thing you know they are going to come out with a yacht that harnesses wind power I bet.u00a0

    • Reply July 27, 2011


      like a sailboat? Crazyness.

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