Zodiac Nautic Group and Torqeedo developed the eJET Concept, a 100 percent electric tender that is designed to offer single fuel type on board, no oil changes, increased reliability and reduced maintenance costs.
The companies said the eJET Concept performed strongly in testing both in performance and reliability, leading Avon and Torqeedo to further collaborate on a commercial range of eJETs that will be available for sale in 2019.
These tenders are equipped with an 80hp Deep Blue electric motor and the latest generation lithium battery from Torqeedo (32kWh, as used in the BMW i3). Based on the company’s early testing, the eJET will deliver a 90 minutes range in normal use. The tender achieves a max speed of 26 knots.
The eJET products, including the concept presented in Cannes, are fully connected and allow remote communication and diagnostics. The Zodiac Connected Boat device will also let users track their location in real time, save their trips, turn on the lights from a distance and control battery systems, among other features.
Avon eJETs feature carbon-textured hypalon fabric, upholstery by Serge Ferrari with a quilted finish hand-sewn in France, and leather-wrapped handles inspired by private aircraft.
“Throughout its 120 years of history, Zodiac Nautic Group and its brands have collectively invented the inflatable boat, the RIB and the inflatable jet tender. We’re always looking for what will come next in the boating industry and seek the best partners to make that happen. For our eJET Concept, Torqeedo was a clear choice from the get go,” said Dominique Heber-Suffrin, president of Zodiac Nautic Group.
“Avon’s eJET tender marks the arrival of clean and quiet electric mobility in the luxury tender segment. It’s a gorgeous product and we are proud to support it,” said Dr. Christoph Ballin, co-founder and CEO of Torqeedo.