A step towards greener yachting - EKKO Option for X-Yachts X4⁹E
We are going greener, and so are X-Yachts. The Danish yard has just lifted the covers of a brand new model - the X4⁹E - and the very first one is powered by Elvstrøm Sails with an EKKO option.
Our roots are Danish - and so are they for our good friends and business partners from X-Yacths. Denmark is in many ways in the lead when it comes to sustainability, and we are proud to announce that the first X-Yacht with electric propulsion is powered by our EPEX sails with a recycled taffeta. And in fact, an Elvstrøm sail is not only powered by wind, but the energy used to produce the sail comes from Danish land wind turbines.
The new X4⁹E is a yacht that takes the no-compromise X4⁹ to a new level when it comes to the propulsion. It is based on the existing X4⁹, but with a major difference: The E is the first X-Yacht to feature a fully electric drive, supplied by finnish Oceanvolt. And of course, when the X4⁹E is running on the wind, it's all powered by our EPEX sails with the EKKO option of a taffetaa from recycled material. Sails that are made with added sustainability as a clear goal.
The first electric X-Yacht
Thus, the X4⁹E represents a step towards a greener way of yachting in a number of ways - being the very first electric X-Yacht. The 49 feet boat comes with two ServoProp SD10 engine pods, courtesy of Oceanvolt. The setup delivers a total of 20 kW, while it's all powered by a 28,8 kW LifePo4-battery pack.
Adding to the versitality, the whole setup also comes with a generator from Fischer Panda to aid with longer range if necessary. Another clever feature on the all-new X4⁹E is regeneration. When on the sails, the boat regenerates power from the rotating propellers - meaning that you can get up to 3,5 kW of power back when sailing at speeds of over eight knots. Or to put it in a different way, it would take around eight hours to get a free, full and totally green recharge.
A new direction
X-Yachts has taken the first step towards offering a range of electric powered sailboats with the new X4⁹E, and the focus on a sustainable future is one we share at Elvstrøm Sails. We are proud to be close partners to our local neighbours from X-Yachts, and we can't wait to see what the future of electric yachting has to offer!