The new models are called Evo; they are all designed as brushless direct drives and are based on 48 volts. This makes it easy to swap batteries and components. Also new: MOB wristbands. Up to eight such bands can be programmed on one motor. If it loses contact with the bracelet, the drive is stopped. This means that the often prescribed dead man's button for the helmsman does not have to be worn as a cord on the arm; the bracelet takes on this function.
Also new: the motors generate electricity when they are moved through water. This can be when sailing on the small cruiser, but also at the stern of the yacht, where the electric motor is actually intended to drive the dinghy. A battery can also be charged when the dinghy is towed along with the motor at the stern. It's a handy feature. However, practice has to show whether the charging performance specified by the manufacturer can be achieved.
Should provide a proper charge: The manufacturer's charging curves for the outboards are impressive
The new models at a glance:
- 3 PS Spirit 1.0 Evo (tiller version), from 2,249 euros
- 3 PS Spirit 1.0R Evo (remote control, without tiller, without battery), from 1,049 euros
- 6 PS Navy 3.0 Evo (without tiller, without battery), from 2,299 euros
- 9.9 PS Navy 6.0 Evo (without tiller, without battery), from 2,799 euros
- 3 PS Pod Drive 1.0 Evo (without remote control, without battery), from 1,099 euros
- 6 PS Pod Drive 3.0 Evo (without remote control, without battery), from 2,299 euros
- The new 9.9 PS Pod Drive 6.0 Evo (without remote control, without battery), from 2,799 euros
Batteries cost from 1,199 euros, a remote control costs 300 euros.
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