The E-Iguana 29: Evolutionary Leap

The E-Iguana 29 is as comfortable on land as it is in the water.

E-Iguana 29, Iguana Yachts
The E-Iguana’s carbon-fiber hull, specialized landing gear and two propulsion systems could be the future of amphibious craft.Courtesy Iguana Yachts

The E-Iguana  29  is  a chameleon: able to run 40 knots on the water and then transition into a land vehicle with tank-like tracks that drop from the hull. Iguana uses two propulsion systems to achieve this shape-shifting: a 300 hp outboard for the carbon-fiber planing hull and three electric motors to run the lower landing gear. Battery cells power the electric motors.

E-Iguana 29, Iguana Yachts
Iguana’s retractable landing gear and track system has rubber treads that are Kevlar-reinforced for harsh terrain. The arms and sprockets are 316 marine-grade stainless steel.Courtesy Iguana Yachts

“These battery cells have a ­patented casing that is flushed with liquid,” says Florent de Labarre, Iguana’s chief engineer. “With a heat pump, the battery can be heated or cooled efficiently. That increases its range and service life. Before this, the use of electric drive systems was unimaginable because it was so unsafe.”

The battery packs provide 110 hours (or an estimated 10 days) of use, and the three-phase electric engines are rated at 30 hp each. Like a real-life iguana, the 29-footer moves faster in water than the 4.5 mph it does on land.

The E-Iguana 29 might have specialized applications, but it’s the coolest-looking amphibious boat on the water. Battery power makes it the greenest.