Electric boating: Aqua superPower expands in Marseilles

Twin Aqua supoerpower electric boating chargers installed on pontoon in France

Global marine fast charge network Aqua superPower has announced the incorporation of its new French subsidiary in Marseilles to help grow electric boating and further expand the company’s services within France and Europe.

Through the new operation in Marseille, Aqua will bring its electric boat charging solutions to France’s coastline and inland waterways, working with marinas, commercial operators, and public sector stakeholders to help address their environmental challenges and meet the growing infrastructure needs from bringing zero emissions electric mobility to the water.

Headquartered in the UK, with international subsidiaries in the US, Italy, and now France, Aqua superPower is developing a global network of marine superchargers for electric boats, creating regional and local charging corridors in key coastal boating destinations and on inland waterways. The company recently also partnered with a Mediterranean marina group, which will help fuel the uptake in electric boating.

National and regional environmental regulations in France have driven recent change in the marine sector. Aqua superPower has been at the forefront of putting in place crucial marine e-mobility infrastructure along the French Riviera to support the adoption of clean electric boating since 2019.

Marseilles was selected as Aqua superPower’s French base for the city’s central location on the Mediterranean coast and for its reputation as one of the country’s ‘top-tier nautical industry and innovation hubs’.

Maryline Marilly, head of European business development for Aqua superPower says: “We are delighted to expand our footprint in France and the opening of our new subsidiary in Marseilles signals our long-term commitment to help drive the country’s transition to clean electric boating.

Aqua superPower marine rapid charger in Golfe de Saint Tropez

“The French market is key for Aqua, both in the leisure and commercial sector. It is important that we continue to be part of the solution to France’s environmental and emission reduction goals in the marine sector. This is why we are working with all the stakeholders in the French ecosystem to provide our marine fast-charging technology and infrastructure, whilst positively impacting the environment, investing in the blue economy and creating new green jobs and sector expertise.”

Aqua superPower has implemented a strong growth strategy over the past year, installing its charging network with partners in SpainPortugal,  the Italian lakesthe UK, Scandinavia and the US.

France has the largest maritime economic zone in the world and Marseille is considered one of the most dynamic economies in Europe. Electric boats have a major role to play in the transportation of passengers and goods in cities with waterways, such as Paris, or where local environmental regulation limits access to protected water and marine areas. Waterways are identified in many cities as important commuting solutions. The electric boat market segments in France, based on uses, are leisure, public transport, and the transportation of goods. The French Electric Boat Association (AFBE) has identified two key levers for the development of this market: strengthening the industry position and boosting governmental incentives.

Through the subsidiary in Marseilles, Aqua superPower will engage at local, regional, national, and European level to promote the adoption of universal charging standards, battery safety standards, and fiscal policies. The Aqua superPower team has long-standing experience in deploying electric vehicle charge point networks and has transferred this knowledge to the marine sector. Aqua superPower owns, operates, and maintains the network using their own cloud-based back-office system. Aqua’s IP-65 rated hardware is specifically chosen to withstand the challenges of the marine environment. Taking advantage of developments in the automotive industry, Aqua has adopted the CCS (combined charging system) ensuring the safest and most reliable charging for both leisure and commercial electric boat users.

Aqua superPower is the first company to design and develop a dedicated global marine fast-charging network with technology, functionality and features tailored specifically for this sector. The network is designed to create a seamless user experience that is accessible via the Aqua app or RFID card, enabling users to view a map showing charger locations, offering navigational aids, and managing charging sessions.

Aqua superPower will be at Paris Nautic Boat Show 3rd – 10th December in Hall 1, Stand D-62.

All images courtest of Aqua superPower Ltd.

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