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Industry Marine Equipment
Founded Helsinki, Finland (2004)
Founder Janne Kjellman
Headquarters Helsinki, Finland
Key people
Janne Kjellman (Managing Director)
Richard Lax (Technical Director)
Christian Hallberg (Commercial Director)
Website www.oceanvolt.com
File:Oceanvolt sd8.6 electric saildrive motor.jpg
The award winning Oceanvolt SD8.6 electric motor system for sailboats

Oceanvolt is a Finnish boat electric motor manufacturer founded in 2004 by Janne Kjellman. The company was formerly known as Electric Ocean. Oceanvolt is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

The company currently produces two types of propulsion systems for electric boats: saildrives and shaftdrives. Oceanvolt has received several awards for its SD8.6 saildrive system, the latest being the 2013 Pittman Innovation Award given by SAIL Magazine for Oceanvolt's "compact robust design"[1] featuring waterproof permanent magnet motor with closed circulation liquid cooling, single lever control with motor status shown by LEDs, and folding propeller which doubles as a hydrogenerator,[2] silently extracting several kilowatts of electric power from the boat's forward motion while under sail.[3]

Examples of boats installed with Oceanvolt electric motors[edit]

  • X-Yachts X-302
  • Finn Express 83
  • Maestro 40
  • Blue 30
  • Le Breton Yachts SIG 45
  • Aventura Catamarans Aventura 33

Awards and recognition[edit]

Oceanvolt has received a number of awards and recognitions:

External links[edit]


  1. Pittman Award announcement about Oceanvolt (2 minute video)
  2. Pittman Innovation Awards 2013
  3. Oceanvolt saildrive system"creates energy while sailing, average 2 kW at 8-17 knots, ... up to 4000w with a speed of 17 knots."