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Evoy launches the world's most powerful electric outboard motor

Evoy launches the world's most...
The Evoy Pro will launch as the most powerful production electric outboard you can buy
The Evoy Pro will launch as the most powerful production electric outboard you can buy
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The Evoy Pro powertrain will be sold as a full kit-out with its own batteries, controls and electronic dash
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The Evoy Pro powertrain will be sold as a full kit-out with its own batteries, controls and electronic dash
The Evoy Pro will launch as the most powerful production electric outboard you can buy
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The Evoy Pro will launch as the most powerful production electric outboard you can buy
The outboard system will fit boats between 20 and 50 feet
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The outboard system will fit boats between 20 and 50 feet
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It might be a 90-pound weakling next to the biggest and baddest of the combustion world, but Evoy's new zero-emissions electric outboard motor and powertrain solution will put it at the pointy end of the all-electric market.

This Norwegian company popped up in 2018, creating electric drive system for new boat builds as well as retrofits for existing machines. Its 800-horsepower inboard powertrain is already the most powerful you can buy (in the small boat sector, anyway), and now the company has released its first outboard, plus a roadmap for the next few years.

The outboard in question, the Evoy Pro is specced at 90 kW nominal, 150 kW peak (120/200 hp), but Evoy says it'll be the rough equivalent of a 150-horsepower combustion motor thanks to its meaty magnetic torque – 170 Nm nominal, 350 Nm peak (125/258 lb-ft). It's currently in the prototype stage, and testing over this summer and fall will put the final performance figures on it. It should weigh around the 150 kg (330 lb) mark.

Likewise, the range can't currently be promised. It'll be highly dependent on the boat design and will be sussed out during testing, but Evoy will be selling modular battery bricks, probably in 25 kWh blocks, that can be installed in series or parallel to give you 50 or 100 kWh of storage. Charging will likely max out at 11 kW AC and 50 kW DC.

The Evoy Pro powertrain will be sold as a full kit-out with its own batteries, controls and electronic dash
The Evoy Pro powertrain will be sold as a full kit-out with its own batteries, controls and electronic dash

The system will ship with its own controllers, battery management, and electronic dash, with 10- or 16-inch screens. Weather, radio, marine navigation, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G, system monitoring, trip logging and charge management as standard. You'll be able to option up with radar, echo-sounding and automatic identification systems (AIS), and Evoy is looking into an autopilot feature to take you from port to port if necessary.

This may be the most powerful electric outboard on the market right now, but Evoy's roadmap out to 2023 features two motors that will roughly double and triple this thing's output. The biggest, set to launch in about three years, will offer 450 horsepower continuous, peaking considerably higher when you need it to.

The biggest production outboard in the combustion world, as we understand, is currently the 627SV from Seven Marine, a giant, supercharged V8 peaking at 627 horsepower and weighing in at a monster 497 kg (1094 lb). So Evoy's got a way to go before it knocks the outright horsepower champ off its perch.

As for price? Again, TBC. The Evoy Pro will be more expensive than a combustion powertrain, for sure. But Evoy is willing to project that commercial operators will break even at about 350 hours of runtime a year – at least in Norway – using current fuel, electricity and maintenance costs.

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12 comments
Aross
I am looking for a motor of around 9 HP to drive a 20 ft pontoon boat on a small lake as transportation. The location id Off Grid. Currently I am using 2 55 lb thrust Minn Kota trolling motors connected to 2 12 volt deep cycle batteries charged by 1 55 watt solar panel. The entire setup with charge controller cost just over $1000. An equivalent output electric outboard would start at around $2500 then the cost of solar charging. Electric outboards are interesting but I don't understand why they are all so expensive.
paul314
The benefit to everyone else of not stinking up the waterfront with outboard fumes should not be underestimated.
CliffG
I see no reason to compete with high-horsepower outboards, as their whole reason for existence is easy removal to cope with their perpetual maintenance needs. The inboard model makes more sense for anything over 50 hp or some other, more clever configuration.
Bbot Simms
I live in a salt water coastal community, traditionally lithium ion batteries erode quicker in these areas or catch fire. Interested to see the testing data, time to recharge, 110v/ 2240v recharge time, solar capabilities,etc. I am not an engineer but why not develop a hybrid system, I Don,t want to run out of charge in the water or on dry land!
Enzo
I don't think I trust the idea of all electric power 80 miles off the coast fishing for a few nights. I bet it would be nice for trolling though. Putzin around some lake seems about it.
Michael son of Lester
I would love to have one of these on the back of my bass boat. With one of these at low-setting, you could troll for a while then throttle up and sprint off to a new spot and then troll some more all in silence. No more need for the extra trolling motor setup. The only downside I can see is when the batteries are done, you are done. Charging the batteries at a marina isn't as easy as buying a couple of gallons of gas and filling a tank. But with the addition of a good-sized solar panel (or two), this really isn't a hardship.
guzmanchinky
The silent and powerful revolution cannot come soon enough. Dirt bikes, jet skis, everything silent, odor free and extremely powerful.
nick101
As mentioned by a previous commentator, Aross, these things are needlessly expensive, but the manufacturers have a good reason for charging so much money. They figure people are willing to pay!
Bruce R
The Evoy powertrain graphic needs updating - those high voltage lines are required by law to be orange :)
Capt Rick
Hi Aross, I have a 21' Sylvan pontoon with an Elco 20HP electric Outboard. Elco also has 30HP and a 50HP models. I choose the 20HP because it uses 4 12VT batteries (48Vt System) vs the 30HP using a 96VT system. It goes about 8 Kts and I calculated the 30HP on the pontoon would not go much faster. Feel free to E-mail me if you have any other questions. Rick@Jetmailbox.com Here is Elco's Link https://www.elcomotoryachts.com/product-category/electric-outboards/