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MIG 675 is said to draw its power from the water

MIG 675 is said to draw its po...
The LUXURY MIG 675 is a 70-mph hydrogen-powered motor boat
The LUXURY MIG 675 is a 70-mph hydrogen-powered motor boat
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The LUXURY MIG 675 is a 70-mph hydrogen-powered motor boat
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The LUXURY MIG 675 is a 70-mph hydrogen-powered motor boat
The LUXURY MIG 675 is a 70-mph hydrogen-powered motor boat
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The LUXURY MIG 675 is a 70-mph hydrogen-powered motor boat
The LUXURY MIG 675 reportedly has its own onboard hydrogen generator
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The LUXURY MIG 675 reportedly has its own onboard hydrogen generator
The LUXURY MIG 675 reportedly has its own onboard hydrogen generator
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The LUXURY MIG 675 reportedly has its own onboard hydrogen generator
The LUXURY MIG 675 will sell for EUR250,000 (US$329,727)
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The LUXURY MIG 675 will sell for EUR250,000 (US$329,727)
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If money is no object to you, but environmental concerns are, then LUXURY's MIG 675 might be your kind of boat. The 22 x 8-foot (6.7 x 2.5-meter) cruiser seats three, has a top speed of 70 mph (113 km/h), and produces emissions consisting of nothing but water vapor - this sucker is hydrogen-powered. It's where that hydrogen reportedly comes from, however, that may really raise a few eyebrows.

Unfortunately, the Quimperlé, France-based boat manufacturer still hasn't responded to our request for more detailed information, but here is what the company claims ...

Instead of carrying pressurized hydrogen tanks, the MIG 675 reportedly produces its own fuel, using an onboard generator that harvests hydrogen from the surrounding seawater. This powers its 500 HP supercharged engine, providing a cruising speed of 45 mph (72.5 km/h) and the previously-mentioned 70 mph top end.

The hydrogen generator also powers all the onboard electrical devices, which include an electric anchor roller, a 10-inch touchscreen controller, GPS, depth finder, rear-view camera, an Alpine audio system, a bar fridge with an electric retractable table, and an LED navigation lighting system.

The LUXURY MIG 675 will sell for EUR250,000 (US$329,727)
The LUXURY MIG 675 will sell for EUR250,000 (US$329,727)

Other features of the 2,866-pound (1,300-kg) aluminum-hulled watercraft include a shower, toilet, leather interior, sun deck, and teak floor. It also, so we're told, comes with its own set of dental forceps - perhaps there was a problem with the French-English translation, with that one.

The LUXURY website claims that the MIG 675 features "live [hydrogen] production during navigation," although one has to wonder ... does this mean that the boat could theoretically just keep running indefinitely, or does its hydrogen consumption exceed its hydrogen production? The first scenario sounds just a little too good to be true.

If you're interested in finding out what the case is, you can purchase a MIG 675 of your own as of next year, for a mere EUR250,000 (US$329,727).

The suspiciously audio-disabled video below shows the boat in action.

Luxury MIG675

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33 comments
BombR76
If the MIG 675 lives up to it\'s hype of being able to run on hydrogen derived from the surrounding water source, that is fantastic !!!
Costing a mere EUR250,000 (US$329,727), I can imagine that they have worked out all those nasty little electro-chemical conversion \'hurtles\' of liberating hydrogen from water.
I just hope there are a sufficient bank of batteries to provide electrolysis \'juice\' to safely get them back to port.
Jason Woods
... If they were using batteries to power \"electrolysis\" it would be 100x more efficient to just use the current with a brushless motor rather than losing energy making Hydrogen only to lose energy burning it... I would bet the farm its a 500hp gas engine with \"hydrogen fuel additive\" created from the water its sitting in. If they had Seawater to fuel generator they would have no need to build boats, they would the richest people on earth.
Ing Ernesto Rivera
In the engineering world there\'s a saying that energy is not created not destroyed... If they\'re claiming it produces hydrogen without extra input, that\'s nothing more than BS \'cause they need energy to break down the hydrogen from water probably using electrolysis. Nothing can run indefinitely... \'cause we got entropy chaising our tails...
Ethan Brush
I too, wonder about the hydrogen issues. If they have to carry big batteries with them to power the electrolysis, then what\'s the point of the fuel cell if they could just run purely electric, BombR76? It would be smarter to just carry some amount of hydrogen with them to power the fuel cell for electricity. Without any real details, I don\'t see a point in posting this yet. Same goes for that D-dalus thing, it\'s been months since that article was published without a followup with details and/or a video. I still wonder how the heck that thing works. It\'s killing me.
Gadgeteer
We\'re about 3 1/2 months too early for April 1.
Faran
Apart from the comments regarding the hydrogen production which is absolutely impossible from the scientific point of view but I can\'t see any room for a SHOWER and A TOILET!!!
Brett Himeda
Thats a Fox headline if I ever saw one. It\'s not gonna trick a bunch of engineers
William H Lanteigne
Fox headline agreed. I doubt there is sufficient \"free\" H2 in seawater to run a flashlight, let alone a 500 hp ICE.
Stephen Colbourne
The hydrogen could be produced from solar cells and stored. Would take ages to fill a reasonable sized tank though. Alternatively it could be produced by reacting zinc or something similar with the sea water.
To get a good range and the ability to refuel easily and quickly and cheaply would be a challenge. I am looking forward to hearing how it is done.
Roy Stewart
I read Not ONE Positive comment! Are ALL of \'those posting\' Devoid of Dreams? Have You been Taught: \'Not To Dream!\'? Have You been Taught: \'Not Possible!\'?
Roy J Stewart, Phoenix AZ