Mercury Marine introduces the Avator 7.5e electric outboard

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    While Brunswick/Mercury has been teasing their electric outboards for almost a year, now a lot more details are out. And I tentatively like a number of unique features like the easily swappable battery and the separate transom mount. But even the 7.5e introductory model isn’t ready to ship yet and has no stated price. Then again, Brunswick also just announced a new boat brand called Veer that’s meant to be affordable and to work well with Avator propulsion:

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      PS: I found some performance numbers from Mercury, which I believe are fairly similar to competitive models like the Torqeedo Travel 1103c and the ePropusion Spirit Plus :

      “Based on recent testing with a 380-pound Veer X13 boat, the Avator 7.5e electric outboard can run for 60 minutes or 5 miles at constant full power, with one fully charged 1 kWh battery. It can run for 2.8 hours or 10 miles at 75% power, 6.2 hours or 16 miles at 50% power, and 19.4 hours or 34 miles at 25% power. Our data is based on continuous use at the designated power level on one full battery charge. Environmental conditions, boat type and load can influence performance.”

  2. moose says:

    no doubt brunswick has the coin to make a good go at this. Interesting to see how torqeedo etc respond as market leaders. competition is always good, it looks a lot bulkier than the travel range but does look rather nice too

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      It’s heavier too. The Avator 7.5e weighs 37 pounds without its 13 lb battery and 6 lb transom bracket while the 1103c and Spirit Plus each weigh about 25 lb without their batteries. But it seems to be ruggedly built and I think the design looks especially sharp on the stern of an inflatable or a 12-foot tinny, as seen here:

  3. Ben

    The newer entrants seem to be more rugged so I am getting interested. Is there any way to charge any of them from a 12vdc source? Thinking about sailboat cruising and charging while voyaging. A 120vac inverter will certainly do it, but thinking about something “more efficient”

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