Zodiac Nautic Group and Torqeedo have developed the eJET Concept, a full-electric tender that is said to offer a single fuel type on board, no oil changes, increased reliability and reduced maintenance costs.
The eJET Concept reportedly performed strongly in testing both in performance and reliability, leading Avon and Torqeedo to further collaborate on a commercial range of eJETs that will be available for sale in 2019.
These tenders are equipped with Torqeedo’s 80hp Deep Blue electric motor and the latest-generation lithium battery (32kWh, as used in the BMW i3). Based on early testing, the eJET will deliver 90 minutes’ range in normal use. The tender achieves a maximum speed of 26kts, thanks to its new hull technology.
“Throughout its 120-year history, Zodiac Nautic Group and its brands have collectively invented the inflatable boat, the RIB and the inflatable jet tender. We’re always looking for what will come next in the boating industry and seek the best partners to make that happen. For our eJET Concept, Torqeedo was a clear choice from the get-go,” said Dominique Heber-Suffrin, president of Zodiac Nautic Group.
- September 2017