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Startup aims to make waves with powerful long-range electric cruiser

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The Arc One pre-production prototype out for a day's testing at Lake Arrowhead in California
The Arc One pre-production prototype out for a day's testing at Lake Arrowhead in California
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The Arc One pre-production prototype out for a day's testing at Lake Arrowhead in California
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The Arc One pre-production prototype out for a day's testing at Lake Arrowhead in California
The Arc One features a whopping 220-kWh battery for up to five hours of per-charge, zero-emissions fun on the water
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The Arc One features a whopping 220-kWh battery for up to five hours of per-charge, zero-emissions fun on the water
The Arc One's 500-hp motor reportedly powers the limited-edition luxury craft to a top speed of 40 mph
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The Arc One's 500-hp motor reportedly powers the limited-edition luxury craft to a top speed of 40 mph
The Arc One can accommodate up to 12 people for an afternoon on the water
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The Arc One can accommodate up to 12 people for an afternoon on the water
The Arc One features a hull fashioned from marine-grade aluminum
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The Arc One features a hull fashioned from marine-grade aluminum
A warning will alert users if the 220-kWh battery pack starts to run low, but Arc reckons that even "if you're in the middle of Lake Tahoe, you can get back to any other point on the lake with less than five percent of power"
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A warning will alert users if the 220-kWh battery pack starts to run low, but Arc reckons that even "if you're in the middle of Lake Tahoe, you can get back to any other point on the lake with less than five percent of power"
The Arc One is being produced in very limited numbers, though exactly how limited has not been revealed
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The Arc One is being produced in very limited numbers, though exactly how limited has not been revealed
Delivery of the first Arc One luxury electric boats is due to start in the summer, with all orders expected to be met by the end of 2022
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Delivery of the first Arc One luxury electric boats is due to start in the summer, with all orders expected to be met by the end of 2022
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Last year, a team of former SpaceX engineers launched Californian marine startup Arc with a plan to develop a luxury electric cruiser with "far superior range, acceleration and performance than any boat in its class." Now a pre-production Arc One has spent a day of testing on Lake Arrowhead ahead of deliveries to the first customers later in the year.

The first boat out of the company's factory in Los Angeles is being aimed squarely at the luxury end of the market, and will be produced in very limited numbers.

The spec sheet for the Arc One is actually pretty thin, but the development team has recently upped the power of the electric motor to 500 hp (373 kW) for a top speed of 40 mph (34 knots/64 km/h). The battery size has also been increased by 10 percent to 220 kWh – that's "three times the capacity of a Tesla Model Y" and is reckoned big enough for users to stay out on the water for between three and five hours per charge, though high speeds will drain the battery quicker than cruising at lower speeds.

A warning will alert users if the battery starts to get low, at which point the boat would need to be operated slower to safely get back to shore before running out of juice – though the company does note that "if you're in the middle of Lake Tahoe, you can get back to any other point on the lake with less than five percent of power." The Arc One supports Level 1, 2 and 3 charging, uses a CCS1 port and comes with Level 1 and 2 cables.

The Arc One's 500-hp motor reportedly powers the limited-edition luxury craft to a top speed of 40 mph
The Arc One's 500-hp motor reportedly powers the limited-edition luxury craft to a top speed of 40 mph

Elsewhere, the 24-ft (7.3-m) craft currently wears two-tone colors with tan decking and gleaming white upholstery, can carry a maximum of 12 people – most of whom will be seated on the U-shaped padded benches behind the cockpit – and offers 60 ft2 (5.5 m2) of storage space. And the aluminum hull is shaped for high-speed performance on freshwater lakes or rivers, with the sport boat throwing a healthy wake behind it for wakeboarders and water-skiers to enjoy (the company notes that the cruiser can be taken out on saltwater, but will need more effort to keep it clean).

The Arc One is being released as a very limited edition luxury leisure cruiser, though exactly how many will roll off the production line has not been revealed at this point.

The price tag is US$300,000, which includes "everything you need to operate the boat," including a trailer, life jackets and a cooler too. Reservations are currently being accepted and delivery is scheduled to begin in the Northern Hemisphere summer. The video below shows the pre-production prototype on the water.

Future plans call for additional models to be produced that will be aimed more at mass-market price points.

Introducing Arc One | 100% electric sport boat

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7 comments
7 comments
CAVUMark
Always at the luxury market with mass market to come....
Malatrope
While I applaud the effort to build a practical electric boat, that is one fugly design...
WB
Agreed... absolutely fugly... and whoever produced this video.. no clue.. I mean who shows an open boat run in the dead middle of winter where the inhabitants are all bundled up like they are on a ski sloap.. come on guys. Also can you make this thing look a bit more sexy. This is as if Tesla would have done the design of a golf cart.
Go back to the drawing board and come up with something sexy where the design reflects the future of the propulsion system, then do a proper marketing video with beautiful people having fun in the sun.. in bikinis... anyway and while at it I'd probably replace your CEO, to make sure that stuff happens...
MarkGovers
I imagine that perky nose was precisely designed to reduce drag, critical in electric boating at the moment. Those are some great stats, hope to take a ride in one sometime. Cheers!
michael_dowling
How come every one of these promo videos feature loud,loud background music when portraying an electric vehicle? Okay,it is a pet peeve of mine,but really,if it is electric,don't you want to show the lack of engine noise? Rather than put in a humongous battery,why not make it a convertible hydrofoil? With hydrofoils,they could triple the range. And I agree with CAVUMark, the release version will only appeal to the well heeled..
ljaques
Who or what was that marketing video aimed at? I couldn't tell, AT ALL. The music, however, was loud enough to have drowned out any narration which would have led sense to what they were trying to get across. I guess we'll never know.
@CAVUMark, yes, luxury models first, as they are the funding source which makes mass market models possible.
Alexander Cokonis
The problem with batteries is that once it runs out you need to tow it to the nearest charging station and you hope that the contacts do not get wet due to spray or rain water. Water and high voltage electricity do not mix very well.