Riva unveils first electric boat prototype


Once a year, Ferretti Group invites yacht owners and close friends to enjoy a preview of the upcoming models and new innovations at an invitation-only event known as the ‘Private Preview’. The exclusive showcase takes place at the prestigious Yacht Club de Monaco, just before the Cannes and Monaco yacht shows on the Riviera, and this year it was the setting for the unveiling of Riva’s first-ever electric boat prototype – a project that CEO Alberto Galassi alluded to when we spoke about the future of the group earlier this year.

Called El-Iseo, the sophisticated 27-foot runabout is an electric version of the iconic brand’s beloved Iseo model. Created to celebrate the shipyard’s 180th anniversary, the prototype combines Riva’s rich heritage with the group’s passion for innovation and sustainability.

She is powered by a Parker GVM310 electric motor, giving her excellent speed and performance. Prospective owners can enjoy a cruising speed of 25 knots and a top speed of 40 knots. Interestingly, the acceleration curve is said to be “significantly steeper” than comparable combustion engine boats. Green and fast – sign us up.

“El-Iseo is a glorious new chapter in the challenge that only Riva can face every day of combining its storied history with cutting-edge technology to generate beauty and style that will never go out of style,” said Alberto, CEO of Ferretti Group. Galassi.

“The El-Iseo project is extremely important to us, which is why we decided to watch it here at the Monaco Yacht Club, a natural choice for Riva as it is a place where ecological sensitivity has been at work for years, with virtuous practices and concrete initiatives such as the Sea Index®, the Monaco Smart & Sustainable Rendezvous and the Energy Boat Challenge.

“Now 180 years old, Riva still leads the field with the credibility and visionary power that only a modern-day legend can draw on.”

El-Iseo was designed in collaboration with a number of partners who are leaders in their fields: the motor was supplied by Parker Hannifin, the lithium battery pack from Podium Advanced Technologies and the onboard systems from Xenta.

The brand describes her as the “perfect expression of Riva’s essence: on the one hand deep respect for the tradition of a brand that has contributed to writing the history of Italian boatbuilding and on the other hand that constant drive for perfection and continuous researching innovation using the latest technologies.”

Further details, including launch dates, will follow.