A kind of electric car for driving on and under water – AVEM

Reinforced by a crowdfunding campaign, the Italian startup iSpace2o is developing a hydrofoil-type machine capable of moving on and under water with oxygen production on board.

In numbers

Deepseaker DS1 is a 2 in 1 machine designed to transport up to 4 people. Why do we mention an electric car in the title? To stay true to iSpace2o’s presentation of its hydrofoil: ” The vehicle is designed in a car style because the idea is to use it as a real car, with all the comforts of a car, with the ability to travel underwater and even on the surface “.

The boat thus has 2 major uses. First and foremost for excursions with family or friends, with the opportunity to admire what happens underwater. But the Deepseaker DS1 will be just as suitable for professional use. For example, for scientific observations, surveillance missions or emergency interventions.

2 in 1: A boat on the water …

By climbing on its foils, the machine in its basic version will be able to reach a speed of 23 knots or just over 42 km / h. A performance that it will owe to its 2 electric motors with a power of 40 kW each. But also for Sealence’s DeepSpeed ​​jets, which give the hydrofoil an original propulsion.

Great pressure, absolute silence, absence of vibrations », ISpace2o qualifies. What to project in a new experiential dimension “Promises its communication service. Rechargeable in about 8 hours, the lithium-ion batteries should thus offer an autonomy of between 6 and 8 hours. Without quantifying the energy capacity of the package, iSpace2o mentioned the possibility of a fast recharge of about 60 minutes.

Thanks to artificial intelligence, the Deepseaker DS1 will modulate its operation to have sufficient energy to reach the destination indicated by occupants and ensure return. The startup quotes Tesla to illustrate this assistance.

… And a pocket submarine

It is currently the only ship capable of evolving into both a speedboat and a submarine. », ISpace2o insists on its various communication media. The company now indicates the possibility of coming down to a depth of 50 meters. It also promised, before the Covid-19 crisis, a mode of operation that allows diving to 100 m. How long?

It will be more the available energy in the batteries than the level of oxygen that will put a stop to the development of the submarine. This vital gas for residents will be produced directly on site from the water that will surround the Deepseaker DS1. By electrolysis? The startup is talking about an innovation, a ” interaction between two electric motors connected by turbines “.

Deepseaker DS1 from iSpace2o

A kind of centrifuge that would allow the recovery of oxygen molecules with a certain capacity to store the gas thus obtained. In addition, iSpace2o promises a development of its machine that can work both on battery and with hydrogen. Probably with fuel cells. The question of electrolysis might rest at that point.


In terms of safety, the young Italian company wants to be particularly reassuring. Especially for the diving phases. She explains: ” The submarine is equipped with a perimeter airbag that inflates with air in case of an emergency, for rapid ascent to the surface in case of damage “.

The realization of the hull is also neat on this subject. The cockpit is like a kind of resistant carbon bubble, placed in a kind of ” rib cage in steel “. If the latter is indistinguishable from the exterior, it is because it itself is covered with a thermoplastic body “.

This allows iSpace2o to secure: ” In the event of a collision, the interior will always remain protected, being a separate unit from the rest of the submarine “.

New technologies

In addition to the autonomous navigation capabilities, the Deepseaker DS1 will carry other elements of new technologies. In addition to the digital dashboard, there is thus a head-up display that originates from augmented reality and produced by HoloMask. This will allow you to always have the most important information about operating the iSpace2o at your fingertips.

The machine will also be equipped with devices that allow you to live an intense discovery experience. So with GoPro cameras and hydrophones to listen to the inhabitants of the marine world.

Following a loan granted by the Italian business development firm Invitalia, and after raising € 3.3 million from 500 investors registered on the crowdfunding platform CrowdFundMe, iSpace2o will be able to build the hull of its prototype.

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