With a range of 35 miles at its maximum speed of 20+ knots, the ground-breaking PULSE58 is the first ever production RIB with a fully integral electric drive

Backed by 25 years of design and build experience in zero emissions boating, the PULSE58 blends proven automotive electronic technology and an extremely efficient electric drive optimised hull form, with the highest level of sustainable construction of any boat in its sector.

A 57Kwh battery bank stored in a purpose designed underfloor structural case delivers up to 104v to the ground-breaking RAD drive propulsion unit. RAD drive is a unique and integral retractable drive unit that belt feeds power from the twin motors to a hub-less drive unit. The electronic management system controls all aspects of the drive, motor control and battery conditioning and also controls the electric drive tilt mechanism that lifts the RAD drive into the transom in shallow water.

PULSE58’s hull has been purposely designed for its electric drive. The tunnel hull form and long waterline length give decreased low speed drag that suits the instant torque of electric power, while providing a stable and maneuverable platform at speed. The battery bank deep in the hull lowers the centre of gravity, increasing comfort. Hypalon tubes and an integral cockpit non-slip floor combine to give a high quality and long-lasting finish.

The acclaimed Raymarine Axiom 7” touch screen display is standard fit on the console. Alongside all the advanced plotting and navigation features, Axiom also displays the power reserve, instant range and battery data delivered by the RADLink transmitter. RADLink then broadcasts by Bluetooth and 4G to its mobile app to give remote charge data along with revolutionary geofencing capabilities to control security and safe use.

PULSE58’s sustainable 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. Experience gained in the sustainable construction of the successful RS Aero and RS21 sailboats has enabled RS 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. RS Electric Boats has partnered with the amazing Tree Aid to offset the carbon to ensure the entire build cycle process is carbon neutral.

The boat’s range is at least 35 nautical miles at its maximum speed of more than 20knots, so it can be expected to last for a day’s use under normal RIB usage and distances. The leisure and coaching specification at launch will be complemented by commercial and superyacht versions in due course. PULSE58 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 SHOCK-WBV Omega seats are specifically designed to significantly reduce shock and whole-body vibration (WBV). The material rebounds to full height once compressed faster than any other systems on the market, improving comfort and safety.

Whether it is for work or play, the storage built into the Pulse58 is practical. Spaces are thought through from the glove box’s easy access, through to the lockable motor compartment. Prodeck lines the cockpit, adding comfort, grip and a little bit of style.

The screen provides protection from the elements and inbuilt easy grab points ensure that passengers can move around the deck with ease. The tow post is mounted setback from the seats which makes it readily accessible. With the lack of an outboard and an open transom the Pulse58 feels spacious and calmingly quiet.

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PULSE58 KEY DATA

Length (moulding ex tubes)5.625 m18.45 ft
Beam (moulding ex tubes)2.182 m7.15 ft
Length (including inflated tubes)5.990 m19.78 ft
Beam (including inflated tubes)2.500 m8.24 ft
Weight ex batteries and motor280 kg617 lbs
Displacement weight with two crew840 kg1851 lbs

MATERIALS

  • All core is made out of wood and PET Core (recycled Plastic bottles)
  • 20% Bio content infusion epoxy
  • Enriched basalt fiber (full recyclable and reusable very low Carbon manufacture foot print)
  • Natural Flax fiber
  • Sustainable sourced Glass fiber and carbon reinforcement.
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