Christian Williams and Neil Saunders have founded VIS Boats. The effort began unfolding as Williams, who has a master’s degree in sustainability technology from Appalachian State University, tried to find an electric boat for his own family. Unable to find what he wanted, he began working with engineers from ASU and another engineer in Miami who had previously prototyped electric motors for boats. VIS decided to use a fully-electric, 384VDC, 180hp outboard motor design, which had already been tested on cars in Europe. The ratings mean that, unlike other electric boats on the market, this one will be able to travel up to 33mph and pull a water skier. The lithium-ion battery, similar to those used on the Tesla Model S, will allow the boat to cruise eight hours on a full charge. In other words, the boat is adequate for the recreational needs of a typical day on the lake. The first model to be released is a 22-foot triton pontoon. Its all-around environmentally-conscious design includes a recycled aluminum frame, decking made from plastic pulled from the oceans, and recycled woven vinyl flooring and upholstery. With sufficient financing, Williams hopes to build six boats in the original design that will retail for $92,000 each, before settling into building smaller, less-expensive models.