Evoy raises the bar on world's most powerful electric outboard motor
Norwegian electric marine drive startup Evoy previously presented the world's most powerful electric outboard motor. At the time, it said even more power was on the way, and it's made good on the promise. The all-new Storm 300+ is a big, brawny outboard that does what its name says and spits out over 300 hp of continuous power, knocking the 120-hp Evoy Breeze and outside competitors clean off the championship podium. And a couple of boatbuilders have already lined up to incorporate the Storm into innovative vessels.
The Storm made some big noise at the Cannes Yachting Festival last September, where Evoy showed a camouflaged prototype and announced its first boatbuilding partners for the new powerplant. Fast-forward to last month's Düsseldorf Boat Show, and Evoy had a more polished Storm to show, complete with the sleek, foil-accented black cowling it developed in collaboration with Norway's Eker Design. The motor is still technically labeled a prototype, but it's definitely looking very close to ready to drop into the water.
"With electric propulsion, there are a few features that come automatically like no fumes, sound or maintenance and strong acceleration; however, we will do more," said Leif A. Stavøstrand, Evoy CEO and cofounder. "Evoy will also strive to have the coolest design out there combined with great serviceability and wow factor. The design is simple, yet elegant and timeless. It fits as well on a workboat in the harsh conditions along the all-encompassing Norwegian coast as along the graceful Côte d'Azur or on the great North American lakes."
We won't dive too far into the styling of a motor, but Evoy explains that it sought to evoke power with the forward-set form and forward-pointing splits between the various 3D-printed covers. The splits also make for easier service access, adding practicality to the design.
The Evoy Storm 300+ will make its first appearance on some equally sleek, powerful and innovative vessels. Finnish company Axopar will use Storm power for a new 25-footer (7.6-m), a prototype of which it showed on the water at Cannes. Meanwhile, French amphibious specialist Iguana will power its versatile amphibious hydrofoil with the Storm.
Evoy currently advertises several different battery options to pair with the Storm 300+. The base battery combines two 63-kWh packs into an 800-volt 126-kWh bank that Evoy says should be capable of producing speeds surpassing 50 knots (93 km/h) in "most suitable boats." The actual size, shape and nature of the boat, not to mention water conditions, will have the final say on that, though. Range will also depend on those factors, but Evoy slaps a 37-nautical mile (68-km) estimate on that particular battery layout as a ballpark.
Those looking for more range can double or triple it by doubling or tripling battery capacity. That means up to 110 nautical miles (203 km) with the 378-kWh X-Long Range pack option. All range estimates are based on a 25-knot (46-km/h) cruising speed. Evoy also advertises the possibility of adding a gas, diesel, hydrogen or alcohol range-extender system upon request.
The Evoy comes with a 10-in TFT touchscreen for monitoring the motor and battery, managing charging, and staying on top of trip information. Buyers can also upgrade to a 16-in single touchscreen or a dual-screen system.
The Storm is available for order now, starting at €74,900 (approx. US$80,300) for the motor alone. Selecting a battery pack will tack on another €79,800 to 239,400 (US$85,550 to 256,650), depending upon capacity. A 22-kW charger is part of the standard kit, while a 44-kW version is available as an upgrade. Evoy plans to begin delivery later this year.
Evoy also plans to launch the Hurricane 400+ and Gala 200+ outboards in 2024, giving buyers a full selection of some of the most powerful e-outboards on water.