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A perfect example of boat art from Riva: El-Iseo

A perfect example of boat art from Riva: El-Iseo

Updated on June 8th, 2024

As much as some of us may enjoy the noble, bassy sound of some of the excellent internal combustion engines found in classic boats, it is clearly time to move on to a future in which gasoline and diesel will be considered a barbaric relic of the past.

And although we will miss the ICE, we look forward to the latest developments in the field of electric motors and are ready to happily use any alternative options if they allow us to get rid of fuel and lubricants and the numerous problems that accompany them. Moreover, the world of electricity is truly incredible and extremely interesting.

Be that as it may, the new 8.4-meter Riva El-Iseo model did not attract our attention because it is electric. Today this trend will not surprise anyone. On the contrary, it would be strange if it ran on liquid fuel. But this boat’s incredible refined lines and harmonious combination of all hull details make her one of the most amazingly enjoyable tenders available today. Therefore, she immediately made it onto our list of the most beautiful boats, which has become incredibly popular among motor yachting enthusiasts.

Riva El-Iseo electric boat

One cannot say that this boat is elegant, because it transcends the very concept of elegance. The design of Riva’s tenders and yachts has always been very difficult to beat without crossing the line into outright plagiarism. It doesn’t matter, though, because if you’re looking for something similar to the Riva, you just call your nearest Riva dealer.

El-Iseo falls into that category of boats that there is no point in describing in words, they just need to be seen up close. Naturally, the incredible quality of the finish is in keeping with Riva’s Italian traditions. That luxurious simplicity that you can immediately notice not only in the exterior but also in the cockpit design is what we really love. The design was created by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, founders of Officina Italiana Design.

Riva El-Iseo electric motorboat

Riva El-Iseo is equipped with a Parker GVM310 electric motor delivering a maximum power of 300 kW, as well as a stern drive, which has a number of advantages, especially when combined with an electric motor. The boat’s cruising speed is 25 knots, and the maximum speed is limited to 40 knots.

Riva El-Iseo electric engine

Liquid-cooled lithium batteries from Podium Advanced Technologies have two independent blocks, a voltage of 800 V and a capacity of 150 kWh. It will take approximately 1.5 hours to fully charge the batteries in accelerated mode. Particular attention is paid to the safety of the battery compartment and the batteries themselves.

The boat is equipped with a variety of nice features to ensure comfortable handling, so you can completely relax and enjoy your time on board this latest masterpiece of boating art from Riva.