A collaboration between Marell Boats and Scania Power Solutions will see the launch of the hybrid M17 Patrol vessel.
The M17 will feature Scania’s latest hybrid technology and benefit from Marell’s technical boatbuilding experience.
“The new M17 Scania Hybrid offers all the capabilities and functions that you can expect from Scania, [such as] electrification and a combustion engine that can run on renewable fuels,” commented Torben Dabrowski, global e-Mobility sales development, Scania. “When we are developing Scania’s future hybrid and full electric power systems, the conclusion is that these can be highly beneficial in many different applications, for example a powertrain with instant response, exceptional torque and seamless transitions.”
The first M17 Patrol with a hybrid driveline is scheduled to be in operation by autumn 2022 and the hybrid system will subsequently be tested in rough sea conditions at speeds up to 55kts. Through the project Marell seeks to create a technologically advanced platform that will enable the production of high-performance, long-range hybrid vessels.
Upon its launch, the boat is said to be the most energy-efficient hybrid high-speed craft on offer in the commercial market. The vessel will be capable of conducting high-speed operations with a low impact on the environment, and quiet and efficient sailing during patrol missions or in ports.
“We started with a blank sheet of paper five years ago, to develop the most efficient hull in the market with ground-breaking performance, including speed, maneuverability and energy efficiency,” said Patrik Söderholm, founder and CEO of Marell Boats.
“We are excited about our partnership with Scania where we together are developing the next generation hybrid and high-performing crafts. Moreover, we want to meet the high demand locally and internationally for vessels with hybrid solutions.”