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The Future is: Hydrogen?

The Future is: Hydrogen?

Posted by Outboard Marine on 28th Feb 2024

At the 2024 Miami International Boat Show, Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A unveiled
what could potentially shape the future of boating. No, we're not referring to electric
propulsion. Yamaha proudly announced a groundbreaking collaboration with Regulator
Boats and Roush CleanTech, unveiling the world's first hydrogen-powered outboard.
Seeking expertise from Roush CleanTech, a division of Roush Performance with nearly
two decades of hydrogen research, Yamaha took a bold step towards developing a
unique fuel system. This move aligns with Yamaha's progressive vision to achieve
carbon neutrality by 2035 and extend the carbon-neutral status to all their products by

Regulator Boats, a reputable Edenton, North Carolina-based company with a history of
crafting recreational and tournament boats since 1988, played a pivotal role by
providing the hull for this innovative project. The chosen platform was their
well-regarded 26XO, with extensive modifications to accommodate three sizable
hydrogen tanks. Joan Maxwell, President of Regulator Boats, expressed her
enthusiasm for the project, foreseeing a potential shift in boat design: "In the future, as
we design boats, if this project proves successful, it could very well mean designing
hulls around these hydrogen fuel tanks."

Yamaha aims to commence real-world testing of this groundbreaking endeavor as early
as summer 2024, marking the beginning of a journey that started with initial
development in December 2023—a clear testament to their dedication to carbon
neutrality. Similar to their electric counterparts, these hydrogen systems offer a quiet
and environmentally friendly propulsion solution. Additionally, Yamaha made another
notable announcement at the Miami International Boat Show—they plan to acquire
controlling shares of Torqeedo, an electric outboard company. This strategic move
underscores Yamaha's recognition of a robust market for electric marine propulsion.