Ok, I admit that jet skis don’t exactly represent a sizeable demographic within the larger vehicle sector. But they are pretty dirty. They run on inefficient, fossil fuel engines, and they spew things into the water – like unused fuel and toxic chemicals. Swimmers and boaters hate them. And they are pretty noisy.
All of these are excellent reasons to make a jet ski that runs on electricity, which is precisely what ECO Watercraft is doing. They are planning on selling two electric jet ski models by late next year – a luxury version for a little over $30,000 that can go up to 50 mph and a more basic version for a little over $10,000 with speeds up to 40 mph.
Like most electric vehicles, they run silently on lithium ion batteries. The luxury model is supposed to get an hour and a half of battery life when speeding along at full blast, and three hours when lightly cruising; the cheaper version has a shorter battery life. If the device is anything like a cell phone, however, we can’t expect it to really get more than half its rated life.
Nothing exceptional about the technology here, other than the fact that it’s a really solid application for electric power. The only thing I’d worry about if I were riding one would be high voltage electricity and water – two things that don’t get along too well when they mix. But I’m sure that I’d forget my worries once I started darting around the water like the guy in this video.
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