Arc One 40mph electric boat from SpaceX engineers on sale

Arc One, the electric wakesport boat with a 500hp (≈370kW) electric motor and 220kWh battery capacity developed by former SpaceX engineers from silicon valley, is now on sale.

The Arc One completed tests in March 2022 and can achieve a top speed of 40mph (65 km/h), according to Arc Boats. Pre-orders were being taken early in 2022 and now the Arc One has launched with the first delivery expected late summer 2022.

According to Los Angeles-headquartered Arc: ‘It’s now the most powerful electric watercraft commercially available, making today a milestone not just for Arc, but also for the nascent electric boating industry.’

Co-Founder Mitch Lee had significant silicon valley contacts from his tech start-up days, and the early backers of Arc One include Andreesen Horowitz and Chris Sacca’s Lowercarbon Capital. In 2021, the company added the investment enterprises of Sean “Diddy” Combs,  actor Will Smith and basketball star Kevin Durant to their stable of backers.

Arc One specifications
Power: 500hp (≈370kW)
Top speed: 40mph
Length: 24ft
Usage: 3-5 hours
Battery capacity: 220kWh
Human capacity: 12 people
Price: $300,000

Lee told Plugboats podcast in October 2021 that the Arc Boats team (led by a group of former SpaceX engineers) was on track to move quickly to trials and have the Arc One ready for sales by the summer of 2022, impressive for a company that was only formed in January 2021.

On announcing the launch of the boat, the company says: “Electrifying the world of boating holds enormous potential for people and the planet, and we’re here to make that happen at scale. The Arc One is a thrilling start to this journey.”

The Arc One has a bigger motor and battery bank than originally planned, with the total battery capacity now 220kWh – 10 per cent larger than originally planned. That’s about three times the capacity of a Tesla Model Y.

Over the coming months, the Arc Boats team will be ramping up production, beginning the first customer deliveries, and taking boats on tour around the US.

Arc designs and builds its boats in-house, including its battery packs, powertrain systems, thermal control systems, and software

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