Thursday, April 18, 2024

Mercury’s Avator electric outboard delivers clean, quiet power

Mercury Marine introduced the Mercury Avator 7.5e electric outboard motor at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Avator is Mercury’s next step forward in marine innovation, and the 7.5e model is the first in a series of electric outboard products to be released in 2023. Mercury also plans to show off concepts for its Avator 20e and 35e outboards, which will go on sale later in 2023.

The Mercury Avator 7.5e electric outboard motor delivers reliable, quiet power to get you where you’re going. The Avator 7.5e outboard generates 750W of power at the prop shaft and produces similar speed and acceleration as a Mercury 3.5hp FourStroke outboard. Available in the tiller and remote steering models, it is ideal for use on a variety of small boats such as micro skiffs, Jon boats, aluminum fishing vessels, rigid inflatables, and kayaks/canoes fitted with appropriate transoms.

The outboard features swappable batteries, a quick-connect mounting system, and intuitive controls that make setup and operation easy. The Avator 7.5e comes with a 1-kWh Li-ion battery unit developed in partnership with the battery experts at Mastervolt and engineered exclusively for marine duty. It’s a safe, reliable 48V power source that’s been drop-tested and IP67 rated for water resistance.

Avator is intelligent, all-electric propulsion, designed to make exploring effortless.
Avator is an intelligent, all-electric propulsion designed to make exploring effortless. Credit: Mercury Marine

With an advanced full-color display and other technologies that continuously track your current power status and estimated runtime, you can hit the water with confidence. Just take the controls and set sail for the adventure; Avator will get you there effortlessly. The battery can be removed from the outboard motor housing for charging indoors or for swapping with an optional extra unit taken along for the trip to allow for more time on the water.

The motor generates high torque with little effort, maximizing battery life and range while contributing to faster acceleration and more efficient overall performance than similar competitive products. In addition, Avator outboards transform the boating experience by making boating possible with no exhaust fumes and zero direct emissions. Each electric outboard is also crafted with many components that are recyclable or reusable.

If desired, the outboard motor can be controlled by an all-new Mercury Marine app, available for iOS and Android devices. The addition of the Mercury SmartCraft Connect module increases functionality and adds features such as a GPS map for planning your trips and visualized range estimates, so you confidently explore. The app can also be used to track speed, battery level, outboard hours, and system notifications. It provides the complete set of performance data available for any electric outboard.

“The Avator 7.5e is much more than just an outboard,” said Tim Reid, Mercury Marine vice president of product development and engineering. “We created an entire propulsion system, fully integrated from the advanced controls, props, and digital gauges to an all-new mobile app. Every aspect was designed with the same attention to quality, durability, and reliability as all Mercury products. We’re confident the Avator 7.5e outboard will deliver a superior boating experience for boaters interested in powering small vessels with electric propulsion.”