Canadian electric boat reaches 30mph

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A Canadian Electric Boat Company Volt 180 craft has reached 30mph (26kts) and set a new record at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout races in Missouri, USA.

Powered by a Torqeedo Deep Blue 80 outboard and a 30kW battery from a BMW i3, the Volt 180 was piloted by Randy Vance and won the MV1E1 class for electric boats, improving on last year’s record by 5mph that was also set using a Torqeedo power unit. The Volt is 5.5m long and has a beam of 2.13m, making it large enough to carry 11 passengers.

The shootout first took place in 1988 as an informal event between local boat owners, but now sees more than 70,000 spectators over the weekend.

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