Cupra will build a yacht on the Volkswagen electric platformDecember 1, 2020
The technology used to build electric vehicles motivates Silent-Yachts to build a solar-powered yacht. The Australian-based company proves that Volkswagen modular EV platforms are not just for cars.
If you care about the environment, then just driving an electric car is not enough. You need to be environmentally friendly in all aspects of your lifestyle, including the ultra-chic boat. Austrian solar-powered premium jet ski manufacturer Silent-Yachts has partnered with the Volkswagen Group to use its MEB modular electric platform for its next superyacht.
While Silent-Yachts will develop a solar-powered electric catamaran based on the MEB powered platform, the yacht itself will be designed by Cupra, created by Spanish brand Seat of parent company Volkswagen Group.
The MEB electric platform has been developed for electric vehicles such as the upcoming Volkswagen ID.4 SUV, the ID Buzz minibus concept and many others. However, last year the VW Group made the MEB architecture available to third parties, allowing limited-production models to be produced by companies such as Ford and Silent-Yachts.
The platform is designed to support a twin-engine four-wheel drive, where the motors will drive the catamaran’s two propellers. Silent-Yachts’ own photovoltaic solar system will capture energy from the sun and store it in the built-in batteries of the MEB platform, which can then be used to propel the vessel and power its many onboard amenities.
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