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Eco boat to join epic world race

A German sailor is striving to compete in the 2020 solo round-the-world Vendée Globe race in an emission-free boat which produces its own energy.

Skipper Boris Herrmann said the tech ambition of BMW and Torqeedo, a global ‘leader in electric mobility on the water’, for the Malizia boat is a ‘thoroughly inspirational concept’.

The two are collaborating to help Boris achieve the goal.

Lithium batteries used in BMW’s i3 and i8 vehicles since 2017 have been ‘adapted to power Torqeedo’s innovative electric drive systems for boats’. Together the companies have made the next generation of these batteries suitable for boats and are working to pioneer ‘an alternative to the diesel power unit’.

Boris will be competing for the Yacht Club de Monaco.


“Emission-free round the world under race conditions, whilst simultaneously producing your own energy, is a thoroughly inspirational concept. Our Technology Partner BMW is conducting intensive research into battery development for hybrid and electric cars. We share a common vision of integrating these batteries into ‘Malizia’,” said ‘Malizia’ skipper Boris Herrmann.


It will be a game changing demonstration of what is possible; following the likes of serial pioneer, Bertrand Piccard, who co-piloted the Solar Impulse plane around the world using the power of the sun – it “changed the paradigm and flew with no fuel, and could actually fly forever,” Bertrand told Innovators Magazine.

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