Norwegian electric propulsion specialist Evoy has expanded its portfolio with a new 150hp outboard version that is due for launch later this year.
The prototype Evoy1 – a Polarcirkel 860 – has been extensively tested and is now ready for series production. Evoy’s electric propulsion systems of up to 800hp are designed and tested to operate in the toughest environments in the world – the Norwegian coast. This year Evoy focused on the commercial market with an inboard propulsion system for boats from 20ft-40ft.
The new outboard system has been supported financially with NOK 1.8m from Innovation Norway. The goal is to have it completed and ready for the market in the first quarter of 2021. The engines will initially be used by Norwegian cruise company Hurtigruten to power a fleet of Zodiac RIBs. The prototype outboard – which is not drivable yet – was initially due for release at the Oslo International Boat Show in March but due to the shows cancellation, the world premiere will later this season.
The prototype is based on a 90 hk and with a more powerful lower leg, it will likely perform equivalent a 150hp petrol engine, now with electric propulsion. The testing that will be performed during the summer and autumn of 2020 will give the final results on performance and range. The outboard motor was specifically designed to fit the Zodiac Milpro MARK 5.
Evoy say the weight of the outboard is the same or less than comparable gasoline outboards and them price the same or less than comparable diesel outboards. There are plans for electric outboards up to and including 450hp in the future.