Alibaba’s Incredibly Weird Electric Vehicle of the Week: An $8,000 Electric Boat Submarine

We’re having a lot of fun scouring the abyss of Alibaba for the most creative builds from the Chinese shopping site’s endless array of electric vehicles. This search often takes us to earth and sometimes even to the heavens. But this week, we’ll be donning our bucket hats, flip flops and tank tops as we head out to sea on one of the weirdest electric boats I’ve ever seen.

There’s so much going on with this ship that I almost don’t know where to start.

Let’s start at the top and go down.

I almost feel like calling it a pontoon boat, although I’m not sure that exactly fits the definition.

There are two semi-pontoon-ish protrusions on either side of the boat, connected by what appears to be a raft in the middle.

Everything is usefully surrounded by taffrails, and there is a pretty little ladder at the back for each access to the water.

So far it looks more or less seaworthy, although that giant open hatch is starting to worry me a bit.

While I firmly believe there is a lot to enjoy in life above ground, if you want to steer below the waterline without getting wet, this is the boat for you.

There’s some sort of weird submarine-like capsule stuck to the bottom, accessible through a hatch in the raft.

I don’t know what you call it. A lower deck? A submersible? A boat basement?

Either way, the tiny pod is surrounded by see-through windows that will give you unobstructed views of the underwater environment around you or send you into a claustrophobic nightmare of dry drowning when someone closes that hatch above. above you.

And may Neptune save your soul if you ever encounter a sea monster while rolling in Deck 01. A giant squid coiling around that thing while you’re locked inside is nightmarish fuel, plain and simple.

The only saving grace here is that unlike an actual diving submersible I found previously on Alibaba, it seems the only way this thing will actually head for the seabed is if something has gone horribly wrong .

Assuming everything is according to plan, the submersible section should never reach Nautilus depths of 20,000 leagues. Instead, you’re sitting barely a meter underwater. Or as Wolfram-Alpha kindly tells me, it’s more like 0.00018 leagues under the sea. I am not Captain Nemo, but this I might be able to manage.

As for building or propelling this mysterious electric boat, unfortunately I can’t help you much there. As far as I know it is powered by two electric motors with propellers attached, each in a pod under the pseudo pontoons.

There’s no information on battery capacity, speed, or other useful metrics, and the manufacturer seems a little hard to reach.

Among the product’s “benefit” listings, the seller mentions that it is “not easy to be damaged”. It’s one of those things that I think should be a no-brainer. When I board a submarine, my first question is normally not “how can this thing be easily damaged?”

At $8,000, I’m not sure I’d buy one of these electric boats without seeing it.

There are other cheaper electric boats on Alibaba that I am considering buying (which are also likely to keep me much drier and alive).

But if you want to give us some Jacques Cousteau, don’t let me stop you. Don’t invite me to spend a day underwater either.

I will keep my feet on solid ground, thank you very much.

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