Please select your home edition
Edition
SOUTHERN-SPARS-OFFICIAL-SUPPLIER-52-SS 728-X-90 TOP

Excess innovates with its hybrid Excess 15 project

by Excess Catamarans 8 Sep 2021 03:21 PDT
Excess 15 © Excess Catamarans

Excess introduces at the Cannes Yachting Festival the first hybrid Excess 15 equipped with Torqeedo's flagship Deep Blue Hybrid system.

With such an innovative project managed through the "Excess Lab", Excess is taking a distinctive first step within the catamaran market towards more sustainability.

A peaceful experience

Aboard the Excess 15 with Deep Blue Hybrid, owners will enjoy all onboard luxuries without the noise and fumes of a running generator in good sailing weather. The bluewater sailing configuration consists of twin Deep Blue 50 kW electric saildrives in cooperation with ZF, two Deep Blue high-capacity lithium-ion BMW i3 batteries, and a full energy management system for harvesting green energy and charging the boat's batteries while under way.

On the yacht's first long test sail, the hydrogeneration system easily provided enough electricity to power one hundred per cent of the onboard hotel loads at a cruising speed of seven to eight knots. Adding solar photovoltaics, planned for phase two of the Excess 15 with Deep Blue Hybrid project, will extend the system's range and provide even more hybrid power and comfort on board.

Hervé Piveteau, Excess Product Manager, was one of the first to take the Excess 15 with Deep Blue Hybrid out for a sail.

"The first thing you notice is the reduction in noise and the improved maneuverability from the electric drives. Torqeedo makes it simple to maneuver the yacht even in tight quarters.

"The second is the abundance of power available with the large lithium-ion battery banks. The energy management system keeps the owner constantly informed of how much power is being consumed and generated. Without even noticing it - without feeling as though you're making any sacrifices, just seeing the energy flow of the yacht changes the way you behave and positively impacts your consumption."

"The third interesting aspect of an electrically propelled catamaran is what we call 'hybrid sailing', which combines the use of wind and electric drives. The precision with which you can control thedrives is incredible. Running at a very low rpm is ultra-efficient and lets you carry the sails longer, essentially creating wind, with no compromise on sailing sensations nor the pleasure of silent navigation," says Hervé Piveteau.

A strong subject and a true commitment

"Onboard energy management and questions about alternative propulsion are some of our most popular topics on the Excess Lab," says Hervé Piveteau. The Excess Lab is an online forum that connects Excess experts directly to their owners and potential owners. This open forum for questions, direct exchange and collaboration is helping Excess bring progress into sailing. "The Excess Lab community is interested in onboard systems and technology, in what's ahead. We knew hybrid propulsion was the right move and we were eager to take it on," confirms Hervé Piveteau.

This project is part of a global Groupe Beneteau strategy, currently undertaking hybrid engine projects across a wide variety of brands and boats in efforts to further reduce the brand's carbon footprint.

"When Groupe Beneteau started discussing our cooperation with Torqeedo, I advocated for Excess to be first in line," remembers Thibaut de Montvalon, Excess Brand Director. "Sailing is all about efficiency; about being lean and in touch with nature. Ninety per cent of today's catamarans have focused on luxury and lost touch with the sensations - with the emotions - of sailing. At Excess, we build catamarans for sailors: catamarans that connect the skipper to the wind and waves, but still offer enough amenities for friends and family to join the adventure with pleasure."

"The Excess 15 is the natural first step into the world of hybrid-electric drives for oceangoing catamarans. Building a yacht that's easy to own, fun to sail, and in tune with nature is in the DNA of our brand," says Thibaut de Montvalon.

"Electric projects like the one we're currently undertaking with Groupe Beneteau are defining the future of the marine industry," says Phillip Goethe, Torqeedo's Director of Project Sales. "Creating partnerships to build a better, cleaner, and more enjoyable boating experience is what we do at Torqeedo. The Excess 15 shows us what's possible."

Related Articles

RS Aero Worlds at Cascade Locks overall
Wind pumping on the final day of the event! It's a wrap! The RS Aero Worlds finished today and what a way to end it! The westerly was already in when curtains were drawn and by start time it was piping hard at 20+kn, gusting 30kn, down the race course. That's what we came for! Posted today at 6:51 am
"Not Too Long, Not Too Short"
Ida Lewis Distance Race pleases veterans and newcomers alike Now that the Newport to Bermuda Race is in the history books, sailors are setting their sights on the next offshore racing opportunity, the Ida Lewis Distance Race presented by Bluenose Yacht Sales, scheduled to start on Friday, August 18. Posted today at 12:04 am
44Cup Marstrand day 2
Team Aqua begins her slow ascent The waters off the Swedish holiday hotspot of Marstrand took on a different complexion on day two of 44Cup racing, with a sharp chop and the wind backed from the northwest to the south and gusting into the mid-high teens. Posted on 1 Jul
5.5 Metre World Championship day 1
New moon shines on the opening day in Hankø After a year of delay, the 2022 5.5 Metre World Championship finally got under way on Friday with two races in light to moderate winds for the 23 boats from 10 nations. Posted on 1 Jul
SSL Gold Cup QS Round 4 Day 2
Mexico and Cuba on the attack in Day 2 With SSL Team Guatemala dominating Day 1 of the SSL Gold Cup Qualifying Series Round 4, today, the pressure was all on their rivals to deliver a riposte. SSL Team Cuba and SSL Team Mexico counter-attacked by winning a race each. Posted on 1 Jul
Velsheda victorious but Svea lead into final day
Superyacht Cup Palma J Class racing set to go down to the wire Atoning for a less than perfect race Thursday when they finished a distant fourth, Velsheda today won a 22 nautical mile coastal round-the-buoys course, an upwind downwind which spanned the full width of the Bay of Palma. Posted on 1 Jul
TerraCycle®: Vaikobi's Sustainability Initiative
New recycling initiative which will reduce garment waste Water sports garment production is inherently a big-energy process, so how do we ocean lovers still enjoy quality gear while mitigating our impact on the planet? Posted on 1 Jul
Nail-biting day at Superyacht Cup Palma
Setting the scene for a dramatic finale Some big changes in fortune, along with a change in wind direction and the closest possible finish in one class, saw results in the Superyacht Cup Palma fleet set the scene for a dramatic finale after a day of frenetic activity out on the Bay of Palma. Posted on 1 Jul
Foiling Youth World Series announced
A new event created by Foiling Week™ dedicated to young talented sailors Today at 09:30 (CET), Mr. Scott Over, Ms. Li Li, Mr. Aaron Young, Mr. Bruno Giuntoli and Mr. Luca Rizzotti met on live streaming to announce the guidelines of the Foiling Youth World Series, a multi-class team championship created by Foiling Week™. Posted on 1 Jul
UN Ocean Conference
The Ocean Race calls for a Universal Declaration of Ocean Rights The Ocean Race and its global collaborators - including the Government of Cabo Verde - took a major step forward in their efforts to give the ocean a voice and make it an international legal entity. Posted on 1 Jul
McConaghy 2022 - MC63p & MC75 FOOTERZhik 2022 Choice of Champions FOOTERCoast Guard Foundation FOOTER 2