Japanese outboard engine manufacturer Tohatsu Corporation, has collaborated with Ilmor Engineering to develop a new electric outboard motor.
The collaboration will combine Tohatsu heritage in marine outboard propulsion and Ilmor’s engineering experience.
Tohatsu Corporation was founded in 1922, and the company’s history includes the introduction of new technologies.
Ilmor, founded in 1984, has been behind many victories in motorsports, as well as in recreational boating.
The organisation entered the marine industry in 2001, and its engines are widely used across the marine industry, providing power behind several leading brands, such as MasterCraft, Formula and Aviara.
The new 6kW electric outboard offers integrated tilt and trim, a gauge-style touch screen for centralised system operations, and multiple variants in both shafts and props.
“The partnership with Ilmor Engineering represents a significant milestone in Tohatsu’s journey,” said Tohatsu Corporation president, Isami Hyuga. “Together, we are embarking on a transformative venture to introduce an electric outboard that not only meets the expectations of our loyal customers but also sets new benchmarks for the industry.
“This partnership reflects our dedication to pushing the boundaries of innovation while staying true to the values that have defined Tohatsu for more than a century.”
Mike Lindberg, VP of Marine at Ilmor, added: ”Joining forces with Tohatsu is an exciting opportunity for Ilmor to collaborate with a like-minded company that shares our values of performance, innovation, and environmental responsibility.
”Together, we jointly aim to create products that not only meet but exceed the expectations of boaters around the world. Along with the entire team at Ilmor I share in the excitement of working with Tohatsu and what the future holds for both of our companies.”
The outboard is due to be launched at the Miami Boat Show 2024.