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Rand aims for high speed and long range for latest electric powerboat

Rand aims for high speed and l...
The Leisure 28 Electric is expected to be available in the coming months
The Leisure 28 Electric is expected to be available in the coming months
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The Leisure 28 Electric has been constructed using recycled plastics and bio-based hybrid materials
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The Leisure 28 Electric has been constructed using recycled plastics and bio-based hybrid materials
A number of electric motor options are available, including a new sterndrive propulsion system that offers a top speed of over 40 knots
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A number of electric motor options are available, including a new sterndrive propulsion system that offers a top speed of over 40 knots
The Leisure 28 Electric is built for two, but can accommodate another 10 guests for a day our on the water
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The Leisure 28 Electric is built for two, but can accommodate another 10 guests for a day our on the water
The 120-kWh lithium battery option should be good for around two hours of planing speed range on the water
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The 120-kWh lithium battery option should be good for around two hours of planing speed range on the water
The table in the seating area can be lowered to form the base of a "kingsize" sun lounge
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The table in the seating area can be lowered to form the base of a "kingsize" sun lounge
The Leisure 28 Electric is expected to be available in the coming months
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The Leisure 28 Electric is expected to be available in the coming months
Quietly cruising down the river without disturbing land-lubbers
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Quietly cruising down the river without disturbing land-lubbers
Rand says that the Leisure 28 Electric should be a viable alternative to fossil-fueled powerboats
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Rand says that the Leisure 28 Electric should be a viable alternative to fossil-fueled powerboats
The helm includes a touchscreen infotainment system
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The helm includes a touchscreen infotainment system
Below deck, the sleeping quarters feature a queen-sized bed
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Below deck, the sleeping quarters feature a queen-sized bed
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Danish boat maker Rand has announced the latest flavor of its flagship model, which was first introduced in January 2018. The Leisure 28 Electric has been designed to go faster and farther than all before her.

The Leisure 28 Electric powerboat can be had with an all-new e-drive stern propulsion system that comprises an "ultra-high efficiency permanent magnet" 240-kW motor and modular lithium battery pack at up to 120 kWh. This combination will offer top speeds of over 40 knots (72 km/h), up to two hours of planing speed range per charge, or a range of 140 nautical miles (about 260 km) if you take things a little easier. Rand says this not only sets a new standard for electric performance but should also make its latest e-boat a viable alternative to fossil-fueled powerboats.

The table in the seating area can be lowered to form the base of a "kingsize" sun lounge
The table in the seating area can be lowered to form the base of a "kingsize" sun lounge

The 844-cm (27.6-ft)-long powerboat has been constructed using recycled plastics and bio-based hybrid materials, with a wide (259-cm/8.5-ft) hull developed for stability. It's been designed for two but has seating for up to 12, and features a large table that can be collapsed to form the base of a "kingsize" sun lounge.

There's a touchscreen entertainment system at the helm, a built-in kitchen and bar in the cockpit, a bathing platform to the rear of the boat and, below deck, the sleeping quarters feature a queen-sized bed.

The Leisure 28 Electric is expected to be available in the coming months for starting price of €178,000 (about US$195k).

Source: Rand Boats

Update (Mar. 30, 2020): The above article originally stated that the Leisure 28 Electric had a battery life of "up to two hours on the water." This should have been "up to two hours of planing range" and the text of the article has been updated to reflect this. Our apologies for the error and thanks to the commenters who brought it to our attention.

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4 comments
Bob809
Amazing boat. What is not to like about this, now with that range. How long would it take to charge it up, does it matter? I wonder what others think about charging times for boats. Is it just a weekend thing?
nick101
A nice boat, as it should be for the money. However, weight isn't a huge factor in (displacement) boats that don't go that fast and a friends brother-in-law is converting an old moto-sailer cruising boat to electric using humble, deep-cycle lead acid batteries. It still keeps the sail when the weather is suitable and it has solar panels and a little wind generator too. Price is less than $5,000 US
ljaques
Not a cheap boat. I'm sure there will be one or two spots in a harbor to charge your e-boat at $400 a pop. Nick's friend's BIL has the right idea...for $190k less!
philip60
Super nice boat. Super expensive, mucho exclusive, cutting edge stuff. Others will follow and do more for less. Until then such boats as these are for the few who are mighty wealthy.