Jet skis are fun, but they're also dirty. They've been known to leak oil and offer up a nice dose of air and noise pollution. To change all that, Silveira Customs has debuted their all-electric personal watercraft called the Green Samba.
Silveira Customs found that creating an electric jet ski took more than switching out a gas-fired engine for an electric motor. They designed a new jet propulsion unit that uses one-sixth the power of a normal unit, which drains the battery less and produces the torque necessary to for good performance. It is also built from carbon fiber, making it light and easy to maneuver.
The Green Samba can hit 65 mph and has a battery life of three hours. Plus it operates silently, allowing its users to observe wildlife without disturbing the animals.
The company says 500 units will be available next year and for a price competitive with traditional personal watercraft, which tend to fall in the $7,000 - $10,000 range.
via Wired Autopia
written by Garrett, June 09, 2010
written by Peter Neal, June 10, 2010
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