Jaguar Breaks Speed Record, But Not On Land — With Electric Boat!

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Jaguar says electric boats are here to stay, and proves it.

Like most people here, I associate Jaguar racing with four-wheel cars. So, when I saw Jaguar broke a speed record, I didn’t think much of it. But then I noticed the word “boat” and the word “electric” next to it. Jaguar + boat + electricity — now that got our attention!

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→ Related: Jaguars Past, Present, & Future: Some Thoughts From The I-PACE Experience

Jaguar Breaks Speed Record With An Electric Boat!

You read it correctly. Jaguar’s not just a leader in electric car racing. And to think we were complaining about not enough electric boat stories last week!

Jaguar Vector pulled through with its electric V20E. Electric V20E? Yes, Peter Dredge, co-founder of Jaguar Vector Racing, blew past the previous record of 76.8 MPH he set 10 years ago with 88.62 MPH over 8 miles in a “V20E.” The Jaguar Vector V20E was designed and constructed in a joint partnership between Jaguar Vector and Jaguar Racing’s partner Williams Advanced Engineering.

That must have been exhilarating.

According to Malcolm Crease, CEO of Jaguar Vector Racing: “After 12 months of hard work, this is a fantastic result for the team and our partners and a great first step in bringing the power and versatility of electrification to the marine industry. It is a great honour for the Vector team to follow in the footsteps of Donald Campbell CBE and to set a world record on the historic Coniston Water.”

Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering, added: “Williams Advanced Engineering is proud to have supported this new world record by Jaguar Vector Racing by using our award-winning knowledge of electrification to provide the boat’s electric power, motor and control systems. Our experience from powering the entire Formula E grid for the past four seasons of racing and our ongoing partnership with Jaguar in the ABB FIA Formula E championship provided the technical and operational platform required to achieve this fantastic result. Congratulations to all involved in this wonderful achievement.”

→ Related: Jaguar I-PACE Is A Compelling Electric Car (#CleanTechnica Review)

→ Related: Zero Motorcycles, Jaguar Electric Boat, Tesla Model 3 Road Trip, & EV Charging For The Masses (Cleantech Talk Today #6)

Are We There Yet?

Electric land vehicles — check. Electric three-wheelers — check and check (and same with two-wheelers and even down to unicycles of various sorts). Electric aircraft — check. Electric boats — check. Electric submarines — old news.

The moment EVs are raced and make inroads with traditional racing, then everything changes. The Jaguar Vector electric boat speed record might be just the news we need to start a new electric boat championship.

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Nicolas Zart

Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Ever since he has produced green mobility content on various CleanTech outlets since 2007 and found his home on CleanTechnica. He grew up in an international environment and his communication passion led to cover electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. His favorite taglines are: "There are more solutions than obstacles." and "Yesterday's Future Now"

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