Swedish boat builder and designer Marell Boats has teamed up with Scania Power Solutions to develop a next-generation 17.4-meter interceptor with a hybrid drivetrain, the M17 Patrol.
The vessel is being developed in response to requests from operators, police, military and other government agencies for high performance boats with hybrid drive systems that can operate at high speeds during long distance transits with a low environmental impact. At the same time, the boats must also be able to operate quietly, efficiently and environmentally friendly in ports, on patrol missions, on offshore wind farm operations and during sightseeing tours.
The partnership between Marell and Scania covers development, testing and marketing. They claim the M17 Patrol will become the most energy-efficient hybrid high-speed craft on the commercial market when it launches later this year.
“The new M17 Scania Hybrid offers all the capabilities and functions you would expect from Scania, i.e. electrification and a combustion engine that can run on renewable fuel,” says Scania’s Torben Dabrowski. “As we develop Scania’s future hybrid and all-electric power systems, the conclusion is that these can be very beneficial in many different applications, for example a powertrain with instantaneous response, exceptional torque and transitions fluids.”
The M17 is based on Marell’s successful M15 platform which has been selected as a patrol boat by the Stockholm Maritime Police and as a firefighting boat by the Greater Stockholm Fire Brigade, as well as a tourist boat by Hurtigruten Svalbard.
“We started with a blank sheet of paper five years ago, to develop the most efficient hull on the market with breakthrough performance, especially in terms of speed, maneuverability and energy efficiency”, says Patrik Söderholm, founder and CEO of Marell Boats. “We are delighted with our partnership with Scania, in which we are jointly developing the next generation of hybrid and high-performance vehicles..”