Bosch developing new drive for X Shore 1 electric boat

X Shore electric boats and Bosch Engineering are expanding their relationship with the announcement today of a collaboration to improve the performance and efficiency of the electric drive system of the X Shore 1.

Bosch already supplies the 125kW motor in the X Shore 1, which was launched last February as a price attractive option for people wanting to get into electric boats. The drive train for the ‘1’ also incorporates the inverter and gearbox developed and manufactured by Bosch Rexroth.

This deeper collaboration marks the beginning of Bosch’s journey into electrification in the leisure boat segment. The renowned engineering company says X Shore has been ‘carefully selected as part of the pilot’.

One of the reasons is that both firms have a deep commitment to sustainability and share a common vision to reduce emissions and make the world greener.

X Shore has been certified as one of the most sustainable manufacturers in the world, with a ‘Dark Green’ rating by independent auditor Shades of Green (part of S&P Global). Beyond zero emission propulsion, the company is dedicated to sustainability in every aspect of the manufacturing of its boats and sourcing of materials. That includes things like a cork deck on the X Shore 1 and pre-preg hulls. “Prepreg” is composite material that has been pre-impregnated with a resin system to reduce waste.

The Dark Green rating means X Shore is a company that contributes to climate mitigation as part of helping shape a future low carbon economy. Their Sustainability Strategy includes goals of being the first craft with a net-zero CO2 footprint by 2030 and having a fully traceable battery value chain by 2025

For Bosch’s part, they have scored an ‘A’ from the CDP (Climate Disclosure Project) for the past three years, and their Transparent Reporting policy on sustainability shows their total greenhouse gas emissions and emission intensity have been reduced by 80% since 2018.

As one of the world’s most advanced engineering firms, Bosch has been involved in electric land vehicles for years, producing motors and drive trains for everything from e-bikes to motorcycles to cars to buses to industrial vehicles.

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