We are proud to have been judged as finalists in two categories in these awards.
The 2022 Commercial Marine Project/Design or Manufacturer of the Year award identifies product manufacture, design, and shipbuilding within the Commercial Category in the Australian commercial marine sector.
The 2022 Marketing Strategy of the Year award acknowledges the success of an innovative and effective marketing strategy implemented between January 1 – and December 31, 2022
As Australia's only outboard manufacturer and only electric outboard manufacturer, we are working at the cutting edge of the marine industry in electric outboards, electric boats, and electric jet skis.
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Creep up to a dock with a silent electric engine and say you are using magnetic fields and GPS to pull the boat along
Go to a petrol station and not fill up
Challenge a similar petrol outboard to a sprint with your electric outboard motor (you will win)
Pretend you have left the outboard pull start cord at home but know a way to get it going anyway
Let us know your best April Fools Day Prank? Contact us.
That's the prediction of a report from IDTechEx estimates that “the market for hybrid and pure electric boats and ships will rise rapidly to over $20 billion worldwide in 2027“.
While EClass Marine has been one of the first manufacturers, and still the only electric outboard manufacturer in Australia, the report says there are now more than 100 marine electric manufacturers worldwide.
These companies are working on everything from electric ferries and new hybrid container ships, to the small kW trolling motors now loved by fisherfolk.
The first electric ferry in the Southern Hemisphere (NZ) had its maiden voyage just last week.
And Outboard giants Mercury and Yamaha have unveiled their first fully electric concepts. Although these seem to be lower kW offerings and not available to the market as yet, it is a sign of the industry direction.
At EClass Marine we think that once the marketing might of the large manufacturers gets behind electric boats, a lot of the skepticism will wash away.
Having said that, there is a lot of work to do for the mainstream adoption of electric outboard motors. Buyers have battery range anxiety (interesting as it is no different from having a fuel gauge and planning your trip), are not used to paying upfront for batteries.
Also, not many manufacturers are producing the 20kW (40hp) and higher electric outboards so common on many craft. EClass has put a lot of work into this segment with our 20kW Ultra electric outboard engine
The report also indicated that access to parts may be a barrier to electric outboard motor adoption. That's why at EClass we are using tried and proven 2 stroke outboard casings. Any corresponding Yamaha part and accessory will fit. No waiting for a proprietary part to be shipped, and a competent marine technician should be able to install it. We have a 3-year warranty on our electric outboard engines for private use.
For all of you who mock electric boats and say how do you charge out at the reef!
Maersk Shipping has partnered with the world leader in offshore wind generation on a buoy system that will charge the electric outboard batteries and hybrid vessels using electricity from the wind turbines. The first use will be for wind farm service vessels but the long term goal is to use them for boats and ships of all sizes and have a significant impact on the use of diesel fuel.
Eclass Outboards have long believed that solar charging will set electric outboard motors and electric boats apart. We have a portable solar power station Ecoflow DELTA Max that does this job and can be kept on board.
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To get maximum performance from a boat, we have a few variables we can work with: The kW of the electric engine, rpms we can set the engine at, and the propeller of the electric boat.
And the propeller, blade size, number of blades and pitch is key. Especially if you are wanting high torque for a displacement boat - like a yacht or pontoon or picnic boat or speed for a planing boat such as a speedboat or tender.
That's why our Australian made electric outboard motors don't just come with one proprietary propeller-like some other electric engines.
We offer a range of propellers for each of our electric outboards. And for all our electric outboard motors from 12kW the option includes a really cool Propulse adjustable propeller.
Propulse Propellers (pictured above) are made in Sweden from high-quality composite. 4 bladed for extra blade area (electric loves being under load) they have an easily adjustable pitch from 11" to 17".
All boats are different and require different characteristics from a propeller. This propeller allows you to adjust RPMs by changing pitch and adjusting the pitch to get the optimum performance from the boat. Takes a minute and you don't have to take the outboard off the boat. In an even better feature, we provide extra blades so if you damage your prop blade (so easy to do), it's the work of a moment to fix it. All you will need is a socket spanner.
With these propellers, you can increase or decrease the rpm in multiples of 200 RPMs by adjusting the pitch by a set number of increments. Plus there is an extra increment on either end of the scale. A lower pitch allows better acceleration and high engine revs. A higher pitch allows better running economy and lower engine revs.
We can also supply Propulse propellers for some of your existing boats, even if they are not electric.
Contact us to find out more or call Lynelle +61 408360084
This Pride Cheetah has a proud history as a race-winning boat. Now converted as a fully electric boat. With the recommended 40HP now being served by a 30kW Eclass Outboard and Lithium-Ion Batteries.
We've just released Australia's first 30kW fully electric outboard. For those of you wondering about the power of these engines, instant torque and a flat torque curve means it has the propulsion power at the propeller you'd be looking at in a 40HP internal combustion engine (ICE). Operating cost savings over 10 years are pretty impressive as well. Contact us for a comparison sheet of costs of running 30kW electric vs petrol.