Danish boat maker Rand Boats has expanded its electric boat line-up to five models, adding a new 23 foot (7m) cruiser known as the Mana 23 and an additional power output option to its top-of-the-range 28 foot Leisure 28.
With a focus on development of clean energy options, the 7-year-old Rand Boats founded by Copenhagen architect Karl Rai Rand draws strongly on Scandinavian design.
As a result its boats are a paragon of simple yet classic style, and for its electrically propelled models, also a sustainable take on boat making.
From foam kernels made of recycled plastic bottles, bio-based hybrid materials, to decks and tables made of sustainably-forested wood, Rand combines a green approach with high-tech electric propulsion.
The new models and options from Rand include the €43,000 ($A73,570 converted) Mana, which it says has a “plug-and-play” ease of use, and is offered with a range of battery capacity options to suit needs, and pockets.
It is joined by the top-level Leisure 28 – the only model with a closed bow – as well as the entry-level 18 foot Picnic 18, the only model available in Australia as an electric option. The mid-range Play 24 and Supreme 27 complete the picture.
New propulsion options for the Leisure 28 mean that there are now motors ranging from a diminutive 4kW all the way up to a powerful 240kW.
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Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.