Advanced marine electric drivetrain now available outside North America
August 8, 2017
A new partnership is bringing state-of-the-art electric drive systems to the European superyacht and boatbuilding markets. The systems match the performance of the best leading thermal engines on the market and are without parallel in torque and power-to-weight ratios.
Superyacht tender builder JP RIBS has combined with Canada’s LTS Marine to make the systems, already widely-used in North America, available to the global industry for the first time.
LTS systems feature permanent-magnet brushless motors for exceptional performance, a power dense electronic inverter, onboard intelligent chargers and reliable and safe, liquid cooled battery system.
JP RIBS is owned by the current captain of a 41metre in-build yacht and a 27metre Wally, and has the exclusive contract to distribute the electric propulsion systems throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific.
LTS Marine has been successfully using state-of-the-art electric propulsion systems in various types of boats since 2009. The Canadian company’s systems are designed and assembled in its Montreal facilities, and are the fruit of numerous years of research. They're the same electric drive systems found in high performance land and sea electric and hybrid vehicles, and haven’t been available in Europe, Asia, or the Pacific until now.
“LTS Marine has a proven track record in creating powerful marine electric drivetrains and, combined with JP RIBS' craftsmanship, high quality, and leading attention to detail, we're thrilled to be able to offer zero emission drive trains and tenders to the superyacht market,” says Bruno Tellier of LTS Marine.
With his knowledge of the superyacht industry, JP RIBS CEO and captain, Jonathan Edgar knew the European boat building industry was already interested in green energy - he felt the only thing missing was green energy without compromise on performance.
“I’m used to performance vessels, and I’m impressed by the available torque and power from LTS systems,” says Edgar. “They give boat builders, owners and recreational water sports users the opportunity for a high performance vessel that’s kind on the environment. And with the models already in use for years in Canada, I’m excited to be able to bring them to Europe.”
The two main elements of LTS Marine systems are the motor and the battery pack, which are the result of years of research. Each element is produced by top manufacturers in their respective area of expertise.
The electric motors installed in LTS’s propulsion system are manufactured by the Canadian company TM4 for the automotive industry. Not only do they have remarkable technical characteristics and one of the highest efficiency rates, but also they exceed the strictest norms of safety in the industry. LTS Marine battery systems have been developed specifically for the marine industry with safety and performance in mind. Adhering to the strictest automotive safety standards, LTS Marine only uses components from world-class suppliers with millions of cells in service driven over 20 million miles since 2004.
Main components used are designed and tested for the automotive market and in adherence with Marine Standards, assuring compliance with current industry best practices. LTS systems are built to endure demanding real-world conditions and backed by a first-rate warranty, for customer peace of mind.