Dordrecht, 9 September 2021 – Dutch zero-emission powerboat company Edorado announces the launch of the Edorado 8S, a revolutionary electric model that’s destined to change the future of powerboating via pioneering clean technology – and a new take on sustainable luxury. While traditional powerboats heavily pollute the air and water around them, destroying what they are designed to enjoy in the first place, the 8S offers premium design, power and speed to thrill-seekers, but with none of the oil, emissions, wake or noise.
Co-founders Giel Groothuis and Godert van Hardenbroek have spent years of intense development producing a premium, ultra-fast design that’s set to make metaphorical – rather than literal – waves. Their aim is to disrupt and innovate in the powerboat market. With its unique combination of retractable hydrofoils and electric drive-train, the 8S quite literally takes off, quickly accelerating to speeds that lift the hull clean off the water.
Godert Van Hardenbroek – co-Founder & Product Architect:
“Once you reach take-off speed, you can really feel the acceleration as the resistance disappears and you feel a strong sensation of release, of being propelled forward. And then, unlike traditional powerboats – constantly smashing into waves – the Edorado flies right over the surface, like a sports aircraft. It glides silently over the water: a new and totally unique feeling, like combining the speed of a powerboat with the tranquillity of sailing.”
The 8S comes equipped with a slew of state-of-the-art tech features and a patented safety system. The boat’s unique hydrofoil system is equipped with a proprietary Automatic Control System, whose smart computer makes constant adjustments to its two foils for safety and stability. Meanwhile the two propellers of the ‘twin drive’ system provide unparalleled control and let users turn in place, making navigating harbours child’s play.
As well as nailing futuristic performance, the 8S’s design ensures it looks the part, fusing innovation with a timeless, classic appeal. Leading product designer Ivo van Hulten has used his years of experience in the German automotive industry to design a boat with powerful lines and proportions, from the extended bow to the wraparound screen.
Newly launched Edorado 8S boasts superlative speed and premium design, charting a course for clean powerboating.
“I wanted to capture that innovation, but also connect it with something timeless, so that it’s not just futuristic but also has the feeling of a really classic boat,” describes Ivo van Hulten, the 8S’s designer. “Then, with the rear winglet extended, it has something like a bullet or airplane shape. So it looks premium and classic, but it’s really fast!
Beyond peak performance and stunning design, the 8S represents a loftier ambition for the powerboat industry and sustainable luxury more widely. Backed by major investment from renowned technology and media entrepreneur and philanthropist Steven Schuurman, Groothuis and van Hardenbroek are aiming to jump-start the inevitable shift to electric ahead of the big boat manufacturers: transforming the industry from the top down.
Steven Schuurman, main investor: “I was instantly convinced, particularly by Giel and Godert’s unique clarity of vision. It’s rare to have the chance to contribute to such a strong product. It’s even rarer to be part of something with so much potential. The beauty of the Edorado is that it will lead the way, pioneering innovations that can eventually trickle down into the wider industry. And providing an unforgettable ride along the way!”
Giel Groothuis, co-founder and CEO: “What is considered innovation in the boating industry just doesn’t cut it any more in the current reality of the climate crisis. What is needed is a rapid transition to zero emissions, also for the leisure industry. After owning petrol-fuelled boats I realised that a complete overhaul of this product category is long overdue. The traditional boating industry is just waiting to be disrupted by a clean tech approach. Our goal with the Edorado 8S is to chart a course for clean powerboating.”
The ‘Launch Edition’ of the Edorado 8S is exclusively available for select buyers, while pre-orders of the standard Edorado 8S model can be made globally. The Edorado 8S is priced at € 350,000.
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