MIG 675 By Luxury: The No-emission (?) Speedboat


Here is a water vehicle you don’t need to refuel! Instead of carrying pressurized hydrogen tanks, the MIG 675 reportedly produces its own fuel, using an onboard generator that harvests hydrogen from the surrounding seawater. This means that the need of heavy, unstable and risky hydrogen tanks will be deleted from the design as live hydrogen production will take place. The hydrogen will power a 500 horsepower engine that is reported to propel the 22-foot-long, 2,866-pound aluminum-hulled watercraft at a cruising speed of 45 mph (72.5 km/h) and up to 70 mph. The hydrogen generator also powers without need for batteries all the onboard electrical devices, which include an electric anchor roller, a 10-inch touchscreen controller, GPS, depth finder, rear-view camera, an Alpine audio system, a bar fridge with an electric retractable table, and an LED navigation lighting system. There are no emissions, just water vapor. Well, eco-friendly on paper, at least. In addition, Luxury, the French based entity that produces the MIG 675, offers the possibility to apply its energy production technology to any boat, new or old, thanks to the Energy Kit Sea, promising a consumption reduction of 70%.

Unfortunately, Luxury doesn’t elaborate on exactly how hydrogen system works; that is not just a detail, since this omission could be meant to hide an inherent contradiction between its statements and the laws of thermodynamics. That leaves questions such as whether MIG 675 can run indefinitely on seawater, or whether other fuels may be needed to boost the hydrogen production, which would be more coherent with the laws of physics but render all that true eco-friendliness moot, too. If you’re interested in finding out what the case is, you can anyway purchase a MIG 675 of your own for a mere €250,000 (US$329,727).