SailGP partners with Aqua superPower

SailGp boats sailing at speed. The fleet in action on Race Day 1 of the T-Mobile United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier, Lake Michigan, Season 3, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. 18th June 2022. Photo: Ricardo Pinto for SailGP. Handout image supplied by SailGP

Aqua superPower has partnered with the international sailing competition SailGP as a marine fast-charging provider.

The company will supply charging to SailGP’s fleet of electric support boats, commencing with the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Britain’s Ocean City Plymouth this weekend (30-31 July, 2022).

The partnership supports SailGP’s ambition to be the world’s most sustainable, purpose-driven global sports and entertainment platform, and to power its entire on-water fleet with clean energy by 2025.

Aqua superPower’s global marine fast charging network is well developed already, but this partnership will further expand DC charging infrastructure to all SailGP’s global event locations, accelerating the transition to zero emissions boating.

Plymouth switched on a series of Aqua superPower’s high-power DC electric charging stations earlier this year, creating the UK’s first e-marine hub of shore-side charging facilities for electric boats, and SailGP recently announced it is chartering a fleet of electric boats for Season 3 as part of its commitment to accelerate the transition to a zero-emission support fleet.

SailGP is taking four RS Pulse 63 electric boats on the European leg of its championship, together with the fully electric SEAL from Vita Yachts.

Both the RS Pulse and the Vita SEAL have passed Aqua superPower’s DC charging compatibility tests. In Plymouth, these electric support boats will be supplied with free charging from units installed at MDL Marina’s Queen Anne’s Battery, the Barbican Landing Stage and the Mount Batten ferry terminal, and from a mobile marine fast charging unit (pictured left).

SailGP on-water transition manager Tom Verity says: “It’s brilliant to be collaborating with a wide range of key partners and suppliers in Plymouth to find innovative ways to minimise our impact, focusing on the transition to clean energy for the marine sector. By partnering with Aqua superPower, SailGP can connect with a wide global audience to showcase electric technologies that are helping decrease carbon emissions.”   

Alex Bamberg, CEO of Aqua superpower adds: “Aqua’s mission is to reduce the impact of boating on the marine environment – an aim that closely complements SailGP’s sustainability, impact, and clean energy goals. We are proud to supply Aqua’s marine fast charging solutions to SailGP’s fleet of electric boats during each of their events with guaranteed charging access to our permanent installations and mobile charging units. This partnership will create a legacy network of Aqua superPower charge points at the various SailGP event sites.”

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