Luxury at sea: First ride on the all-electric TRIDENTE boat from Maserati and Vita Power [Video]

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Part of my recent trip to Northern Italy with Maserati included a riveting cruise around Lake Maggiore on the all-electric TRIDENTE boat. Designed by Maserati and propelled by Vita Power, this luxury day boat is as swanky as it is fast… and comes with a price tag to match.

Earlier this month, I packed up my passport, some white sneakers, and my sunglasses for a trip to Lake Maggiore in Italy, located about an hour and a half Northwest of Milan, near the border of Switzerland.

That is where I got the chance to test drive Maserati’s latest BEV model, the GranCabrio Folgore. You can check out those driving impressions and review video here, but another aspect of that trip included an up-close look at Maserati’s first all-electric boat, the TRIDENTE.

We got our first official look at the all-electric day boat in Puglia this last April during Maserati’s “Folgore Day,” where it officially debuted the previously mentioned GranCabrio EV. At the time, we learned that the 10.5-meter boat was conceived as a collaboration between Maserati and Vita Power.

The boat was merely on display inside the event center, and we only got some brief specs, but seeing it up close was still a marvel. At the time, we were promised we would soon be able to test drive the GranCabrio Folgore and the TRIDENTE in Italy, and Maserati quickly made good on its word. Check out my video below to see the Maserati TRIDENTE electric boat in action.

Maserati’s first electric boat is stunning… and expensive

After a brief walkthrough with the GranCabrio Folgore, we strolled down the coast of Lake Maggiore to a dock where the all-electric TRIDENTE awaited our arrival. Maserati’s global head of design, Klaus Busse, was there with us, walking us around the boat. Per Busse:

TRIDENTE is a luxury all-electric powerboat that extends Maserati’s electrification  strategy from the road to the water, born from Maserati’s collaboration with marine  technology company Vita Power. Maserati and Vita Power share the same vision on  electrification and both build the vehicles of the future, based on reduced  environmental impact, improved customer experience, advanced technology, high  quality and sophisticated materials. Our creations are both finished to the highest  standards of craftmanship, enhanced by beautiful and functional design, without  sacrificing performance and elegance. Maserati Folgore is the standard bearer of  our full electric production, and we are proud to extend our new course to the sea,  collaborating with a company synonymous with passion, excellence and luxury in  the new electric era.

My first impressions of the vessel are how sleek and manicured it is—a design genuinely worthy of the Maserati logo (which is abundant throughout). The boat features luxury yacht materials from US boatbuilder Hodgdon Yachts and an advanced powertrain from Vita Power, complete with dual electric motors.

Those motors are powered by a 252 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, enabling future owners to cruise for up to 43 miles on a single charge, depending on your speed. Speaking of speed, the TRIDENTE can cruise at 25 knots (~29 mph) and reach a top speed of 40 knots (46 mph).

Vita Power’s technology also enables DC fast charging (where available), allowing the Maserati boat to recharge from 10-90% in under an hour. Other features include room for eight passengers, a rear sundeck, and a lower cabin complete with a bed and sink.

My impression of the TRIDENTE is that it is a well-designed boat with plenty of room for passengers to cruise comfortably. As an all-electric model, the TRIDENTE is both smooth and quiet, especially at low speeds.

However, when you get it out on open water, you’ll want to grab hold of something because its instant acceleration and up to 600 hp cannot be denied. This expands its capabilities as a leisurely day boat into a certified speeder if you need to get somewhere fast—or if you just want to show off.

Speaking of showing off, this all-electric Maserati boat is definitely more of a status symbol than anything, as it starts at 2.5 million euros ($2.86 million). The TRIDENTE is on sale now, but the one I rode on is currently the only one in existence. I’m sure we will see more in the future; however, I’d expect only a select few buyers around the world will buy one.

Until then, check out my experience on the Maserati day boat in the video below.

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