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RYA and ePropulsion Forge Alliance to Drive Sustainable Boating Forward

15 September 2023

Steve Bruce, Phil Horton, and RYA CEO Sara Sutcliffe toasted to a new era as they unveiled ePropulsion as RYA's newly minted Partner in Innovation.

ePropulsion - RYA Official Innovation Partner

At today's Southampton International Boat Show, ePropulsion was thrilled to be introduced as the Royal Yachting Association's (RYA) official Partner in Innovation.

Sara Sutcliffe, RYA's Chief Executive Officer, remarked, "Today has been all about electric engines and we’re really excited to welcome ePropulsion on board.
"Through this new four-year partnership, we’re looking forward to working together to test, develop and evolve electronic marine propulsion into the future".

Attendees at the event marked the occasion with a celebratory drink and were captivated by the ePropulsion Spirit Series electric outboard motor presented at the venue.

RYA's environmental experts were available to articulate that the perks of electric yachting are not solely ecological. They also include the lack of noise pollution, more straightforward boat manoeuvring, and economical operating expenses.

Phil Horton, the RYA's Manager for Environment and Sustainability, noted, "This is a key partnership for the RYA as we look to a future of quiet, zero carbon boating. 
"We’re seeing a huge interest from members and affiliates in switching to electric drive, and rapid advances in technology driven by companies such as ePropulsion mean this is now readily achievable for most recreational boaters."

Steve Bruce, the Global OEM Sales Director at ePropulsion, said, "Becoming the RYA's Official Partner in Innovation is a landmark achievement for us. Concentrating on electric propulsion solutions enables us to significantly lessen the environmental footprint of traditional boating.

"Joining forces with the RYA represents a seismic shift towards a greener future for the marine sector. Together, we aim to deploy avant-garde electric propulsion systems that are not just efficient, but also environmentally considerate. We're charting a new path for sustainable nautical recreation over the next four years."