Meet The World’s First Electric Towboat In The Super Air Nautique GS22E
The zero-emissions Super Nautique GS22E is making the extreme sports better for the planet with no loss in performance.
- This vessel is said to be “the world’s first electric towboat.
- Ingenuity Electric and Nautique Boat Company teamed up to make the Super Nautique GS22E.
- You can pre order this electric boat now via the Nautique website.
Electric boats have always seemed cooler to us for some reason, and now we know why.
Sure, electric planes look like spacecraft from another dimension, but boats just have so many variations. Look at the Super Nautique GS22E for the perfect example.
So what does it do?
Well, it’s an electric towboat, so you shouldn’t need three guesses. The GS22E belongs in the sports category — after all, it’s made to tow skiers, wakeboarders and wakesurfers.
You know, sports stuff.
© Credit to Nautique Boat Company
We’ve seen many new electric wakeboard startups appear as of late, but electric towboats? Those are a rare find, indeed.
The only craft that comes close is the ABB towboat. Then again, you’d never in a million years consider this fit for water sports; it’s more of a commercial vessel.
You could tow a hundred wakeboards with the ABB towboat, theoretically, if you really wanted to.
You’d instantly sink, but you’re more than welcome to try.
Additional GSS2E details we know about (so far)
Consider it an evolution of the gas-powered Super Air Nautique GS22. They’re related; only the powertrain within couldn’t be any different (the calling card of most EVs).
You see, the system gets its juice from a 120kW battery pack, meaning it comes with instant torque, allowing for unbelievable acceleration from the jump.
Think electric car, only water-based.
It runs for around three hours at a time before needing to charge, which is somewhat of a bummer.
Then again, this is the first electric towboat; the batteries will get better once more companies enter the game.
In terms of charge-time, the GS22E needs 10 hours on a standard AC outlet. However, you can cut that down to 30 minutes by using a supercharger.
Be warned — they’re expensive.
The two companies have yet to reveal the full spec. What we do know is you can pre-order now.
Prices start at $292,711 (£206,000). A large price to pay for turning the waves into your own personal playground, but worth it from what we’ve seen it.
If you can afford it, that is.
What do you think? Will you be wakeboarding off the back of the GS22E at some point in the future?