Who Says Water And Electricity Don’t Mix? First Electric Jet Ski Debuts Powered By Zero Motorcycles
Electric personal watercrafts will begin to hit our waterways thanks to Free Form Factory’s partnership with Zero Motorcycles. While electric boats are not a new concept, this electric jet ski aims to take water travel, via electric mobility, to a whole new level.
The “first stand-up personal watercraft,” will be manufactured by Sacramento-based Free Form Factory, utilizing a powertrain adopted from electric motorcycle maker, Zero Motorcycles. The new tech won’t come cheap, at least at first, with a starting price of $17,990. Free Form Factory plans to make only 35 personal watercrafts as part of its initial production pursuits.
Coined the Gratis X1, the unit only weighs a mere 380 pounds, and in its base configuration, you will get about 45 minutes of play time. Then, the unit will need to be charged, which takes about 3 hours. This is complements of a 6.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Buyers can also opt to add an additional 3.3-kWh pack, for about 50 percent more fun in the sun. Combined packs will take about four hours to charge to full capacity. You can only charge it via a 110-volt outlet. Fast charging is not an option at this point.
Free From developed a specialized polymer material called “Hulklite” to not only keep the weight down, but also to assure that the electric jet ski holds up. The company claims that it is stronger than a traditional fiberglass hull. To top it off, the material is 100 percent recyclable.
A typical jet ski can weigh in at as much as 1,000 pounds or more. The average personal watercraft sits around 800 pounds, and the lightest non-electric model on the market today is over 450 pounds. The Gratis X1, due to its exceptionally light weight, should prove much easier to perform jumps and “tricks,” not to mention the ease in loading and unloading.
Like electric cars, the electric jet ski will operate near silently, while providing instant torque. The quiet motor, from Zero Motorcycles, comes from it Z-Force line, and is specified as the ZF 75-5. It cranks out 46 horsepower (36 kilowatts) and will get you up to 46 mph (40 knots).
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