ePropulsion Spirit 1.0 Plus 3HP Electric Outboard Now Available in the U.S.

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Interesting! The Spirit 1.0 Plus seems to have borrowed many design details from Torqeedo, but also seems to compete as much on performance as price. As in their claim that the included 1276Wh battery “delivers 50% more runtime than Torqeedo 1103C at any speed.” {Update: ePropulsion is changing that claim to “at full speed” because other speeds are hard to compare precisely.}

    I’m not yet familiar with ePropulsion but I believe that Mack Boring has a fine reputation, and I think it’s neat to see a marine diesel company expand in this direction.

  2. Ingmar says:

    I really hate that stupid protruding cable on the top, which they seem to have managed to put in an even more exposed place than Torqueedo. The connector should be labeled “snap off here to begin regretting your purchase”.

  3. Luis Soltero Luis Soltero says:

    hi ingmar,

    the good news is that they only have one cable. torquedo has 2 (one for the battery and one for the tiller).. so 50% improvement!

    I have to say that I love my torquedo.. 50% more range would be amazing. Although the range we have now with the torquedo has not been an issue. For example.. we spent a week at anchor in newport at the last boat show (anchored way out) and managed to dingy back and forth all week without recharging. Note that we do have the larger capacity battery.

    The interesting thing is that our motoring profile has changed dramatically when we moved from our gas 2.5 outboard to the torquedo. With gas we were open throttle all the time moving at 5 knots on our 10′ trinka. Now… we run at 3 knots (we could do 5) keep the 0 wake and try to prolong the charge on the battery…so our dingy rides are quieter, more relaxing, and over all more enjoyable since we don’t have to deal with noise and can have meaning full conversations.

    After living with torquedo for over a year now our range anxiety has pretty much vanished. We gaze at the battery level indicator every once in a while but for the most part just don’t worry about it.

    having that much more range would really take care of the range anxiety! I am looking forward to seeing one of these new ePropolsion units…

    –luis

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