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New electric outboard from ZeroJet

ZeroJet has released details of its first electric outboard that uses the same technology as that used in the company’s jet systems.

The company has adapted its jet systems to suit what it terms the universal application and ease of an outboard.

The new 48V outboard has been developed to provide power to weight performance with the company claiming that ‘no other 48V electric outboard can match the performance of our 20kW (25hp equivalent) electric outboard’, enabling vessels to easily plane.

The motor weighs 38kg with two battery options – 5kWh or 10kWh and a charging time of one-hour fast charging or three hours on a regular charge.

It will have a top speed of 20 knots (tested on a 3.3m aluminium RIB with 10kWh battery) and a range of 14 nautical miles travelling at 16 knots (again tested on the same 3.3m aluminium RIB).

The outboard is controlled via a tiller or a remote console and has manual or power tilt and trim.

Deliveries

Other options include a diverse range of interchangeable propeller options from high thrust to high speed and short and long shaft configurations to suit different transom heights.

First deliveries are set to begin mid-2025.

ZeroJet was founded in 2014 by Bex Rempel and Neil Mans with the opening of their Jetsurf Experience Centre in Perth, Australia.

The pair moved the business to New Zealand in 2015 with the founding of Voltaic Jetboards, that developed high-performance electric jetboards.

After interest from boatbuilders, the team decided to focus on electric jet systems for boats and rebranded to ZeroJet.

ZeroJet was a DAME Design award finalist in 2023 in the propulsion and dynamics category for its Jet Propulsion System (ZJ Gen2).

The company’s 15kW electric jet system went into full production earlier in 2024.

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