Aequus 7.0 solar-electric family launch by Bruno Hervouet
We’ve seen the use of solar power out in the oceans before, be it huge carrier ships like Auriga Leader or boats like the Frisian Challenge. Well here’s yet another sea-faring vessel that uses juice from the sun to power up, the Aequus 7.0, a solar-electric family launch. Designed and developed by a man who’s seen enough of the sea to fear it, Bruno Hervouet is the former manager of Philéas. After rigorously testing 18 hull designs in a digital wave tank, Hervouet came up with this 7-meter long boat that has room enough for a refrigerator, double berths, a shower and a fully functional toilet.
The boat uses a combination of solar panels that are integrated cleverly in the retractable canopy and is equipped with on-board AGM lead acid batteries that can throw up 8 hours of cruising, without solar assist. The vessel can accelerate to 7 knots (13 km/hr), and when the 4kW motor is idle, the battery banks began to charge up automatically. The Aequus 7/0 makes for a perfect vessel for a solar powered cruise along with your family.