Porsche, renowned for its high-performance sports cars, is making strides in electrifying its vehicle range. After introducing the successful Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo electric models, the German automaker is now venturing into the realm of electric boats through a partnership with Austrian shipbuilder Frauscher.
As part of this collaboration, Porsche plans to launch 25 electric sport boats, combining its cutting-edge technology with Frauscher's expertise. These electric boats will be powered by the same electronic components utilized in Porsche's upcoming Macan EV, slated for release in 2024.
The Macan EV features Porsche's new electric vehicle platform known as the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) and boasts enhancements in its powertrain compared to the renowned Taycan.
Porsche Electrifies Luxury Boat
To showcase the Macan's impressive 800-volt electronics and 100 kWh battery, Porsche has outfitted a limited edition sport boat with these advanced components.
The result is the Frauscher x Porsche 850 Fantom Air, an exquisite 8.67-meter long and 2.49-meter wide watercraft. Thanks to Porsche's optimized drive technology for marine applications, the boat features the same 100 kWh battery found in the Macan EV, along with a permanently excited synchronous electric motor.
Additionally, the boat can utilize the same type of fast-charging stations as the Macan EV, ensuring convenient and efficient charging on the go. Jörg Kerner, Vice President Product Line Macan at Porsche, emphasized the boat's impressive performance, stating, "The eFantom offers the E-Performance typical of Porsche with excellent driving properties.
That the powerful electric motors of the latest generation and the state-of-the-art battery and charge management also work so well on the water is testament to the excellence of our modular Premium Platform Electric." In addition to the powertrain, Porsche's design prowess is evident throughout the boat.
Studio F.A. Porsche, responsible for the iconic Porsche design language, has contributed its expertise to various elements of the yacht, including the helmstand, steering wheel, and main console. The result is a seamless integration of style and functionality.
When it sets sail in 2024, the Porsche-designed boat will accommodate up to nine passengers and feature a spacious lounge area accessed through a swim platform at the rear. The vessel will offer ample seating, a high-quality sound system, and a refrigerator, ensuring a luxurious experience for all on board.
Limited to just 25 units, the Macan-powered boat represents the epitome of luxury and performance on the water. While pricing details have yet to be disclosed, considering that the standard Fantom Air boat sells for over $200,000, it is expected that the Porsche-badged version will command an even higher price point.