A Green Super Yacht On Steroids?

There was the Super Nova 60, “the world’s first carbon neutral megayacht.” Then there was the 72-foot Emax Excalibur, which represented “the first step in the maritime industry towards the production of post-carbon yachts.” But forget about those – the folks at Sauter Carbon Offset Design and their building partners Ned Ship Group say the latest in their series of green yacht concepts is “the fastest and greenest superyacht in the world.”

The $40 million Emax E-Volution, which we spotted on Wired’s Autopia, of course comes tricked out with all the luxury extras any self-respecting yachting tycoon would demand. But let’s focus on what’s said to make this indulgence green: 2 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy generating capacity, using wind, solar and wave power; battery storage capacity (which acts as ballast) for 3 MW of energy; and, if all that isn’t enough, 2 MW of power from MTU 2000 Series Tier 4i engines, “the cleanest marine diesels on the market.”

superyacht, Sauter Carbon Offset Design,Ned Ship Group

image via Sauter Carbon Offset Design

With all that, Sauter says, the 66-meter Emax E-Volution, using Tesla electric motors, has the ability to do unlimited net-zero cruising at 14 knots (using strictly battery power, it could go 300 nautical miles, the company says). Even at the top speed of 28 knots, the yacht would have half the CO2 output of a standard yacht of that size.

And, yes, it has Jacuzzis, lounges, a salon, proper wine storage, open-air outdoor cinema with a retractable giant flat screen that can be viewed by more than 20 guests, half a dozen guest cabins, a master suite … but you probably guessed all that.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.