Put a handlebar on a paddle powered by an electric battery, it's done, and the patents are registered!
The start-up Next Blue Tech has passed the course of the prototype of its "scooter of the seas".
After having delivered 100 copies in the summer of 2020 to a clientele of rental companies, the company created in 2017 has just moved into industrial premises of 600 m² in Aubagne (Bouches-du-Rhône) with the aim of producing it. and sell 500 by the summer, all along the French coast and abroad.
A production which could quickly reach 1000 units per year.
“The sea scooter is zero emissions, zero noise and zero nuisance.
At the end of their life, all materials can be recycled, these are our values as sea lovers, ”explains engineer Yannick Pennecot, one of the three co-founders of the company, which employs thirteen people.
Up to seven hours of battery life
The scooter “is considered a beach machine and can be driven without a license in the 300 m zone from the shore,” he explains.
All the rental companies told us that it worked well last summer.
Weighing 50 kg for 2.50 m long and a little over a meter wide, this leisure maritime scooter can carry up to 150 kg at 7 km / h with seven hours of autonomy.
Sold for 5800 euros, this technological puzzle of 200 pieces is 80% made in France, a percentage which should increase further.
Next Blue Tech has also just launched a fundraising of 1.5 million euros to develop new products and international sales.