Sunday, February 25, 2024

Mercury unveils its most powerful electric outboards

Mercury Marine showed off two new electric outboard motors this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The new Avator 75e and 110e electric outboards have become the company’s largest and most powerful ones yet.

The Avator 75e and 110e models are slated to be released for sale later in 2024.

These new outboards are a significant leap forward from the Avator 7.5e, Mercury Marine’s first electric outboard that was unveiled at CES 2023. The Avator 75e and 110e models offer more than twice the power of any previous Avator product, enabling new levels of performance and versatility on the water.

They also feature the same modular battery system and targeted runtime of previous Avators, giving users the flexibility to customize their range and time on the water according to their preferences.

“We told the world we’d be creating five innovative electric outboards. This week at CES, we fulfilled that commitment with our 75e and 110e models,” said Patrick Reinke, category manager for electrification on the Mercury eSolutions team. “This is a big step forward for Mercury and a great way to kick off Mercury’s 85th anniversary year. We’ll soon be able to offer boaters a complete family of low-voltage, all-electric propulsion systems capable of powering boats ranging from small inflatables and aluminum fishing boats all the way up to pontoons and small fiberglass runabouts.”

The 75e and 110e outboards generate 7,500W and 11,000W of power at the prop shaft, respectively. These outboards integrate with the complete Avator propulsion system and share common features with other models in the lineup, such as a full-color digital display, Avator-specific tiller and remote controls, custom propellers, and compatibility with the new Mercury Marine app.

Both outboards are engineered to provide about an hour of runtime at full throttle, which can be extended with additional batteries or by running the motor at a lower throttle setting to two to three hours.

Mercury’s batteries are swappable, which allows for a spare battery to be used when the first one runs out. This feature can be quite useful for longer outings.

Additionally, the two latest Avator outboards are versatile and can be used on various types of boats such as pontoons, fishing boats, skiffs, inflatables, and small fiberglass runabouts. They are suitable for commercial fleet use and can be used on waterways that do not allow ICE propulsion.

“At Mercury, we see the future of marine propulsion as one where people can choose the best system to power whatever adventures they want to experience on the water, whether that’s venturing far offshore with our high-horsepower outboards to enjoying a smooth, quiet experience with an electric outboard. The Avator 75e and 110e will offer another great, innovative option,” Reinke said.