The 25-horsepower electric outboard that looks like a heat engine


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ZeroJet - Electric Outboard
ZeroJet – Electric Outboard

An electric outboard that weighs less than 40 kilograms and has a range of 14 nautical miles. ZeroJet has just unveiled it and it is already available for pre-order on its website. It has a shape and grille in every way similar to that of an endothermic engine, but it is powered by an electric battery. This is what it looks like.

What ZeroJet does

ZeroJet is a New Zealand manufacturer headquartered in Auckland City. It has become known over the years mainly for its “plug-and-play” electric jet propulsion systems. In fact, ZeroJet’s strength is that it provides construction sites (partners include the leader in work tenders Highfield Boats) a complete package that includes – in addition to the electric motor and its battery – all components accessory, from the wheelhouse to the remote throttle to control from the console or the tiller to control the engine directly.

What engine is the new electric outboard

After specializing in jet engines for inflatable boats and small boats, ZeroJet focused on developing its first electric outboard motor. The engine he presented looks very similar to the traditional thermal outboard engines we are used to seeing, but Under the grille is a 5 or 10 kWh battery. which allows it to have-according to the manufacturer-the best power-to-weight ratio among 48V electric outboards. The total weight (including battery) is 38 kilograms, and a full charge takes 3 hours, or 1 hour with the fast charging option. The range measured by the shipyard aboard a 3.3-meter aluminum tender with the 10 kWh battery is 14 nautical miles at 16 knots of speed, while the maximum speed recorded under the same conditions is 20 knots. The engine has a power output of 20 kW, which the shipyard compares to that of a 25-horsepower thermal, and is available with both short and long shanks.

Data Sheet – ZeroJet Electric Outboard

Power 20 kW (25 hp)
Voltage 48V
Weight 38 kg
Battery 5 kWh | 10 kWh
Charging time 3 hours standard charge | 1 hour fast charge
Maximum speed 20 knots
Autonomy 14 NM at 16 knots
Check Bar or handcuff in console
Tilt Manual and motorized
Foot S (38-43 cm) | L (50-55 cm)

The price

For those interested in purchasing it, a preorder is already active on the manufacturer’s website. It takes $100 for the deposit and $11,990 total(about 11,100 euros at today’s exchange rate) to take it home, but only if you are among the first 300 to order it. The price of ZeroJet’s electric outboard will subsequently be $17,990(about 16,600 euros, again at today’s exchange rate). Shipments will start in mid-2025.

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