Can you imagine a Tesla Speed Boat or Tesla Yacht with flexible Solar Sails that function to harness the Sun and Wind

Can you imagine a Tesla Speed Boat or Tesla Yacht with flexible Solar Sails that function to harness the Sun and Wind

Someone that knows an artist or designer ask them to draw up a concept.... I can imagine the speed of the speed boat

Orion | February 9, 2014

I know Tesla is just focuses on the moments needs, but this would be wonderful an a few decades

Car t man | February 9, 2014

Tesla won't be wandering that far anytime soon. But, the most sold boat in the 10m class is actually a hybrid now. It can sail on solar alone also. Uses solar, lithium, electric motor and also an efficient diesel for when
solar isn't available and batteries are depleted.

Obviously larger models are available, but good to see that in boats, electric
is winning in its classes also.

And it is affordable also. About the same prices as Tesla S.. Good combo...

2-Star | February 9, 2014

Hinckley should be looking at it for their 36' Picnic Boat.

frmercado | February 9, 2014

This hybrid system actually works on big sailboats, its all electric, has a big regeneration capability and only uses the ICE engine as a backup generator to charge the battery banks.

The company that makes it is based out of Germany and has worked with U.S. based Gun Boat on several projects.

David N | February 9, 2014

Not to burst your bubble, but Elon was asked that in an interview last week and his answer was along the lines of " yes, that would be cool, but we will not be building boats".
Of course there is nothing wrong with speculating "what if...."

Webcrawler | February 9, 2014

These guys do electric boats well....

Captain_Zap | February 9, 2014

A Model S owner has an electric sailboat that harvests energy when sailing by using a propeller under water to generate electricity. He's happy. You would think that one would have to work with the currents though. It must be an interesting challenge.

I see sailboats with solar panels all the time. I have seen wind generators too. Especially on liveaboards.

Brian H | February 9, 2014

An underwater generating propeller would be a pure drag, like a sea anchor. Seriously?

Timo | February 10, 2014

OTOH it would be very efficient way to create electricity. Low-kW requirements of running boat systems would mean that you don't need very big propeller running at max power.

It's getting entire sail area generating electricity. Excess wind power goes to movement.

DTsea | February 10, 2014

Well @brianh, basically that boat would be,effectively, using the wind to charge his batteries, so he wouldnt need a diesel generator. Of course it's drag, but if you arent racing maybe that's ok. A water turbine could be quite small to just charge a 12v battery for lights, GPS, etc.

By the way, airplanes do this too. If all engines fail, a 'Ram Air Turbine' (a little wind turbine) drops out to make electric and/or hydraulic power to drive flight controls. A jetliner can glide a LONG way without power- over 100 miles- and airplanes have actually landed safely using only the RAT and batteries.

frmercado | February 17, 2014

Brian, in the case of the Moonwave system, the battery bank will be fully charged after just a couple of hours of sailing on regen mode (under good wind conditions), after that the propellers switchback and retract to minimise drag. Gunboats are also extremely efficient (also incredibily expensive) this allows these boats to sacrifice a little of perfomance while on regen mode. You should try sailing, might help soothe the grammar Nazi withi you. ;)

Brian H | February 18, 2014

If you've got excess speed to spare, you can afford the drag - worth it for all that power gen, clearly.

Ruckmarine | February 18, 2014

FYI, we introduced a production all-electric speedboat at the San Francisco Boat Show last month, the Torqeedo-powered KONA 17 Electric Sportboat.

We will have it at the Tesla test drive event in Redwood City, CA on Sat. Feb. 22.

Bubba2000 | February 18, 2014

When it comes to catamarans I prefer them simple, built of light but strong materials. Even large cats can be kept simple. Dual diesel power with minimal electronics that do not get corroded. Low maintenance. It is the sails, light weight, design that save energy. That German boat must need a lot maintenance and probably costs a fortune. Built like a modern U-boat.

Most of the auto electronics are hard to use, like in MB, BMW, etc. Got to read 200-300 page manual. Tesla is the only exception that I know!

Brian H | February 18, 2014

Independence of routine shore power is the hook.

frmercado | February 18, 2014

Hubba, the Cat is an American engineered 100% carbon fiber sailboat, I believe the company is headquartered in NC, though they build their 60 cats in China. They make the fastest production cats in the world (Like you guessed they are expensive). The moonwave 60 footer was retrofited by the company of the same name to show their technology. The company that makes the hybrid system is German the Cat itself is American (that particular model is Chinese built and runs almost 4 million).

Captain_Zap | February 19, 2014

@Brian H

At anchor there are constant currents that can be taken advantage of too while swinging on the hook and having your nose in the current.