Volkswagen wants to build electric yachts based on the MEB with Silent Yachts

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19 million electric cars are to be built by 2030 based on the MEB electrical construction kit. But that is not enough for Volkswagen, the platform should also be open to other manufacturers. Electromobility should establish itself more quickly, but the license income will also amortize the development costs for the MEB more quickly.

A first project became known as early as 2019: Ford wants to bring an electric car based on the MEB from 2023 (report by Motor1). But now VW is leaving solid ground and venturing onto the water: The Wolfsburg have an agreement with Silent Yachts signed to develop a range of electric yachts based on the MEB.

Silent Yachts specializes in catamarans with solar cells and batteries and is therefore more often called Tesla of the seas designated. So far, the Austrian company has delivered around a dozen solar catamarans at prices of a few million euros each. The yachts are 13 to 24 meters long. The models include Silent 55, Silent 60, Silent 80 and 80 3-Deck.

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The Silent 55 should be able to cover 160 km a day – with the energy from the solar modules alone.

The batteries used so far store between 150 and 532 kWh. To generate electricity at sea, there are solar modules with outputs between 10 and 26 kW on the roofs. The drive is of course electric. The basic version of the Silent 55, for example, has a 150 kWh battery and two 50 kW electric motors. The cruising speed is quite low at six to eight knots, but a maximum of 14 knots is possible; the top version with twice 250 kW creates up to 20 knots (37 km / h). To be on the safe side, all previous Silent Yachts models also have a diesel generator on board.

In the cooperation project with VW, Silent Yachts is supposed to develop the yachts as such, VW provides the electric motors, the batteries and the pulse inverters. The group brand Cupra is also on board, who takes care of the design. The Spaniards have already finished a first draft (our cover picture).

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In the course of 2022, the cooperation partners want to put the first boat with MEB propulsion on the water. After a start-up period of four years, at least 50 of the Silent Yacht 50 model should be produced per year, and more if necessary. Then VW components will also be installed in all other Silent Yachts models.

Silent Yachts boss Michael Kohler describes a trip with an electric yacht as follows: "You drive to your favorite bay and go swimming. During this time, the solar panels recharge the batteries. After bathing, you cruise back to the anchorage and have no fuel process that does not pollute the environment and just enjoy the peace and quiet. " This should also be the case with the VW cooperation yacht. And the notorious range fear should also be unfounded: "If the electric range is used up, the built-in diesel generator kicks in in an emergency."

Photo gallery: VW cooperation with Silent Yachts (2021)

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