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Sustainable Composite Construction for Electric Boats

RS Electric Boar Pulse 58

Norco will be supplying RS Sailing’s sister company RS Electric Boats with the composite components for their new Pulse58.

Following two years of research and development at RS's base-camp in Romsey, Southampton, UK, the Pulse58 is a 5.8m RIB with an entirely bespoke design for a fully integral electric drive.

In line with RS's focus on sustainability alongside zero emissions, the short distance between RS’s facility and Norco’s site in Poole, Dorset was a major influence for us being selected as the primary composites manufacturer for this new electric boat. The short transport time will ensure a lower carbon footprint.
Simon Mitchell, Production Manager at Norco comments: “Norco look forward to a long term partnership with RS Sailing to move this range forward, and in time hopefully others.”

Pulse58’s sustainable composite construction comprises of Bio-based infused epoxy resin, recycled PET core material and naturally sourced basalt and flax fibres. These fibres are incredibly strong and energy absorbing. RS aims to bring to market the most sustainable laminate of any RIB in the sector. This innovative laminate is lightweight and long lasting in even the most extreme environments.

John Smith, Project Engineer at RS Electric Boats said: “The Pulse58 is revolutionary due to its huge depth of technology and innovation, it defines a new genre of motorboats. Similar to electric cars, full electric drive requires a change of mindset and habits of use that match its capability. These small changes are key to protecting the future of our planet and continued enjoyment of boating in a sustainable way.”

The marine industry is yet to have a defined future for alternative energy and trails behind automotive manufacturers in terms of engine emissions. Evolving environmental attitudes and imminent changes to law around the world are driving demand for a different approach to boating that removes the negative impact of a fossil fuel burning motor.

Norco is looking forward to a long and successful relationship with RS Electric Boats and to help them achieve their goal of a sustainable product through our sustainable composites expertise.



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