TEMO brings a new electric-powered outboard motor to the US market with the help of  Defender Industries

Nantes, 14 September 2022. The French-based company TEMO, manufacturer of the first portable,  electric-powered outboard motor TEMO.450 is entering the US market. 

The pioneering start-up has had great initial success in its domestic market. Only 3 years after the launch of the TEMO.450 engine, it has already delivered more than 3,000 electric motors all over Europe and is now looking towards rapid international expansion by tackling the North American market. 

The Waterford, CT headquartered company Defender Industries has been appointed as the official US  dealer and the TEMO.450 motor will be revealed at the Annapolis Sailboat Show in October. 

Defender Industries supplies a wide range of high-end marine products. Defender managing director  Stephan Lance said he is delighted to welcome TEMO.450 to Defender’s portfolio. 

He said: “Since Defender began offering electric motors over 10 years ago, the demand for clean, safe, and efficient propulsion has grown significantly. The TEMO.450 brings a new power option for small tenders and boats to the table. One that is lightweight, stows easily, and is easy to operate” 

TEMO’s innovation is being recognized and has won several international awards. TEMO.450 was a  METSTRADE Connect 2020 DAME innovation winner, the highest European distinction in the maritime industry, and also received the prestigious 2022 Pittman Innovation Awards in the USA. 

Designed for dinghies, tenders, and small boats, the portable system includes a 450W motor, 110V  charger, rowlock fitting kit, and security device. It weighs just under 11 lbs, has a propulsive power of  200W, and produces 12kg of maximum thrust from its motor.

Company co-founder Alexandre Seux began working on the TEMO concept after a round-the-world sailing trip where he witnessed problems surrounding the traditional methods of boat tender propulsion – heavy to transport and hard to store engines and oars which require a great deal of physical effort. 

He said: “Everyone at TEMO is very excited to be working with Defender Industries, with their expertise in  the US market, in sales, and the importing of tech products. We have big ambitions and know that  American sailors and outdoor enthusiasts are passionate and concerned about climate change. We offer  a carbon-free solution for dinghies and inland waters small craft and we are happy to be working with  Defender to help them sail greener.” 

For Justine Perussel, co-founder and Sales managing director: “The North American market alone represents as much as the entire European market. This is a huge opportunity for TEMO. We are currently working on a second electric-powered engine to expand our range, the TEMO.1000, which will be available in Europe in 2023 and in the US from 2024. This is exciting and we are very much looking  forward to equipping all small boats with our products.” 

TEMO will showcase TEMO.450 at the Annapolis Sailboat Show, one of the United States’ largest sailing festivals which will run from October 13-17, 2022. Product demonstrations and on-water tests for the press and the general public will be organized. Booth location: F2 

US Public price of TEMO.450: $1,699.00 

For more details on TEMO products contact the Defender sales team: www.defender.com/temo

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4 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I have not yet tried a TEMO but I’ve been a fan of the super portable design since it came out in 2020:


    I also like how they’ve teamed with Defender to get instant U.S. national distribution with reliable customer service. But it is true that the price is premium when compared to the power and range of more conventional — and less portable — electric outboards from the likes of Torqeedo and ePropulsion.

  2. Bo Johansson says:

    Is it possible to connect an external battery?

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      I don’t think so, Bo. In fact, it doesn’t look like you can carry a spare battery either. But then again an hour of running is good enough for many people and then it’s fairly to carry 11 pounds to a charger on the big boat or at home.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Interesting that the TEMO 1000 — not yet shipping — is a much more conventional design overall, but with some neat new ideas:


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