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Barracuda, India’s fastest solar-electric boat

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • Barracuda, India’s fastest solar-electric boat, stands as a remarkable achievement in the realm of eco-friendly maritime transportation.
  • Launched at Navalt Solar and Electric Boats in Alappuzha, Kerala, this innovative vessel embodies a commitment to sustainable practices in the maritime sector.


About Barracuda

  • Named after the swift and long fish, Barracuda.
  • Constructed in collaboration with Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd and Navalt Solar and Electric Boats.
  • Barracuda boasts an impressive top speed of 12.5 knots, equivalent to 23 km/h.
  • With a range of seven hours on a single charge, the boat exhibits efficiency in prolonged journeys.
  • Propelled by twin 50 kW electric motors for enhanced performance.
  • Features a marine-grade LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery for energy storage.
  • Integrates a 6 kW solar power system to harness energy from the sun.
  • Engineered to operate without noise and vibration, Barracuda ensures a serene maritime experience while minimizing environmental impact.
  • The electric propulsion system contributes to a cleaner environment by eliminating air pollution, making it a sustainable alternative to traditional fuel-powered boats.
  • Barracuda has earned certification under the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS), attesting to its compliance with safety and quality standards.
  • Capable of navigating through waves as high as 4 meters, Barracuda exemplifies resilience and adaptability in various maritime conditions.
  • The boat is designed to accommodate up to 12 passengers, making it suitable for both recreational and commercial purposes.
  • Barracuda has been recognized on the global stage, being awarded the title of the world’s best start-up under the ‘Mobility and Transportation’ category at the prestigious Berlin Start-up Energy Transition Awards 2023.


Navalt Solar and Electric Boats

·       Specializes in the manufacturing of solar electric vessels, showcasing a commitment to sustainable maritime solutions.

·       Contributing to the decarbonization of the maritime sector by developing innovative and environmentally friendly watercraft.

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