VoltSafe is preparing to embark on a pilot project with a major defence partner.
In a true show of British Columbia collaboration, the Vancouver-based electric charging startup is partnering with Victoria-based Barnacle Systems—which designs and manufactures marine electronics for marine industries and military fleets—to do so.
According to a statement from the companies, this project will test VoltSafe’s patented technology as an electric vehicle charger for naval vessels.
“Electricity and saltwater don’t mix,” explains Philipp Garber, VP of Partnerships & Sales for VoltSafe. “This is why electric vessels need a charging solution specifically designed to withstand uniquely harsh conditions.”
Water and salt cause hidden corrosion in an EV charger, causing fires that plague the maritime sector, according to VoltSafe. In contrast, Garber says that VoltSafe power connectors don’t turn on until both sides are fully connected, eliminating the risk of electric shocks or arcing—thereby significantly reducing related fire hazards and setting a new standard in shore power and electric boat safety, he says.
“This project with our partner, Barnacle Systems, is the first time–anywhere in the world–that such a marine-specific EV charging solution is tested in the field,” stated Garber.
The Canadian company says this defence project reinforces the avid interest in VoltSafe’s marine solution beyond pleasure craft boaters or marinas and into industrial shipping and defence sectors.
“We anticipate VoltSafe technology to redefine the sector and set a new standard in marine EV safety,” Garber said. “We’re excited to showcase the safety and ease of use in a naval context.”
Brandon Wright, Founder of Barnacle Systems, agrees.
“VoltSafe Marine will set a new standard for marine electrical safety,” he stated. “By joining forces and integrating VoltSafe’s EV charger with our new remote monitoring and security product, BRNKL Black, we’ll be able to collect critical power system data to help accelerate the adoption of electric vessels for recreational, industrial, and military fleets.”
Earlier this month, VoltSafe announced a deal with a multi-billion dollar corporation. However, it was unable to disclose details.
The company’s equity crowdfunding campaign ends this month.