Artemis Puts the Electric Foil Concept to Work

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Built around a proprietary e-foil technology, the Artemis is a high-tech, low-drag speedster that’s putting electric foils to their toughest opponent yet: capitalism!

Belfast-based Artemis launched its “world’s first” commercially viable electric-foil workboat, which can cut through the waves at well over 30 knots with minimal wake and cover up to 60 nautical miles per charge.

The Artemis project is a spinoff of the Artemis Racing team, which was founded in 2018 by Olympian and America’s Cup veteran, Dr. Iain Percy OBE, who looks like he came out of a Central Casting call for a handsome, athletic billionaire love interest for the new — pshhh, I dunno, let’s say “Jennifer Lawrence” movie.

Don’t take my word for it, though. See for yourself!

Image courtesy Artemis.

“Combining our experience from the worlds of high-performance sailing, motorsports and advanced manufacturing, the electric propulsion system that we’ve designed and developed is an absolute game changer for the industry in terms of range, costs savings and minimal wake created,” said Dr. Percy. The company reckons that operators can look forward to up to 90 percent savings in energy costs compared to combustion-engine workboats.

Artemis made the announcement following sea trials of an 11.5-m (38-ish ft.) prototype workboat named “Pioneer of Belfast”. That boat (shown at top) uses an advanced “eFoiler” propulsion system that lifts the boat out of the water using twin T-foils. It’s good for a top speed of 34 knots (39 mph), and can manage 60 nautical miles at a 25-knot (28 mph) cruise. Front and rear Bow and stern thrusters allow for precise maneuverability and quick turnarounds, while the company says its (presumably huge) battery pack can be recharged in less than an hour.

If that’s true, here’s hoping they get similar fast-charging tech into something a little more recreational (think: Candela C8) somewhat sooner than later. At least, that’s my take. What’s yours? Scroll on down to the comments and let us know!

Source | Images: Artemis, via New Atlas.


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