Flux Marine launches all-electric marine outboards
Among the exhibitors at a recent Newport International Boat Show was Flux Marine, a Rhode Island-based startup that showcased its new line of all-electric outboards.
After five years of development, the former MassChallenge Boston 2018 would have completely reinvented the electric marine outboard motor from the bottom up. The reported result is a zero-emission engine with performance comparable to traditional international combustion models.
Of course, Flux has competition in the category of electric motors and boats. Vision Marine Technologies was also represented at the show (one of the largest events of its kind in the United States), along with X Shore and other companies looking to offer cleaner alternatives to gasoline and diesel marine engines.
Flux won two Newport awards for new products, including Best Green Product.
According to Cruising World, “Flux Marine’s electric outboard motor was named the winner in a very competitive category (with the highest number of entries), the best new operating, maintenance or safety product in the world. yachting.
“The judges noted that Flux’s innovative and fully engineered design has the potential to revolutionize the electric outboard motor market. Engine efficiency and performance statistics show Flux could be a game-changer in electric outboard motors.
Not bad for a first time exhibitor.
“Consumer demand for clean and sustainable marine propulsion options has grown steadily over the past few years, but there are still very few companies offering solutions,” said Ben Sorkin, CEO of Flux Marine .
“… We have had the chance to spend time with other companies specializing in electricity and we are delighted to see several companies working on innovative products. ”
The Flux range includes 15, 40 and 70 horsepower electric outboards available for pre-order and delivery in 2022. A 100 horsepower outboard motor presented at the show offers a range of over 75 nautical miles, with close top speeds of 35 knots on a double console boat.
No legacy combustion components
“We really designed the outboard motor from the ground up to be efficient and scalable,” says Sorkin.
“We have developed our own lower unit, mid-section, transmission, powertrain and cooling system. No legacy combustion components are used in our designs, resulting in much better efficiency and significantly lower weight.
Flux’s 100-horsepower outboard weighs about 160 pounds, less than half the weight of similar electric outboards, the CEO said. And its systems would be cheaper, around $ 12,000 for a 70-horsepower outboard and $ 12,000 to $ 24,000 for batteries, depending on size and configuration.
Competitors will make other arguments as to why their product is better. X Shore recently opened a United States sales office in Newport, Rhode Island.
But the main argument in favor of electric boat engines is always the same: to keep polluting gas and diesel engines out of the water, with a product that requires less maintenance than traditional combustion engines.
“We believe there are huge market opportunities in marine electrification, but the right technology is the key to unlocking that opportunity,” Sorkin said.
“Boaters don’t want to compromise performance for sustainability, which is why the importance of sustainable innovation is paramount. With the right technology, we believe there will be a handful of players who will provide electrical solutions to the boating market.
Flux currently has prototype speedboats navigating the waters of the northeastern United States.
Much of the initial research behind the company’s technology took place on Lake Carnegie at Princeton University. It is a “only electric” lake, which means that only silent electric devices are allowed on its waters. In the United States, a growing number of other lakes have banned internal combustion engines, especially for events such as fishing tournaments, Sorkin notes.
Flux says electric boaters shouldn’t have to sacrifice horsepower.
“As marine electrification becomes more and more common, the importance of education and standardized information is crucial.
“We often see electric propulsion companies using peak power as rated power and then mentioning continuous power later. When a consumer has a 100 horsepower gasoline engine, they should be able to replace it with a 100 horsepower electric outboard and get the same, if not better, performance across the board.