Excess Torqeedo
Great news from Amsterdam as Groupe Beneteau‘s Excess Catamarans wins the Boat Builder Award for 2021, demonstrating the best collaboration solution between a boat builder and its suppliers. This award recognized the massive project surrounding Torqeedo electric propulsion on the Excess 15 and future sustainability for the brand.
EXCESS Boat Builder Awards
21 companies from 11 countries named as potential winners for this year’s Boat Builder Awards.
The Boat Builder Awards celebrates and rewards the outstanding business achievements of individuals and teams across key areas in the worldwide leisure boat and superyacht builders.
This year, and following the Covid-19 crisis, the event focused on innovation, collaboration, environment and marketing.
Excess Catamarans is the proud winner of the 2021 Boat Builder Award for the best Collaborative Solution between a boat builder and its supply chain partner.
On November 17, 2021 in Amsterdam, IBI and METS Trade recognized the successful collaboration between EXCESS Catamarans, Torqeedo and ZF for the EXCESS 15 prototype version unveiled at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.
Excess Catamarans, the new catamaran brand of the Beneteau Group, launched in September a prototype version of the Excess 15 sailing catamaran. This sailing catamaran is equipped with Torqeedo’s flagship Deep Blue Hybrid propulsion system, mounted on ZF Saildrive transmission systems. With such an innovative project, EXCESS took a distinctive step within the sailing catamaran market towards electric propulsion, efficient onboard energy management and achieved overall savings on fossil fuel consumption.
The EXCESS 15 prototype, called “E’Lab”, already sailed over 3,000 nautical miles during 3 months to test the technical solutions, try different configurations of propellers and run its hydro-generation tests. Some of the findings are eloquent both in terms of performance delivered by the Torqeedo electric engines and also of hydro-generation, i.e. the ability for the boat to generate power when sailing.

Excess 15 prototype - E'Lab   Excess 15 prototype - E'Lab
This experience and the results of the tests are shared through EXCESS unique online platform, the EXCESS Lab, the first online community developed by a boat builder to connect with sailors to exchange views and ideas on catamaran design.
Find all the information on this prototype by clicking here.