PropEle Electric Boat Motors recently announced the EP Carry. Now in full production, the new motor system is designed to provide lightweight, efficient, simple-to-use propulsion. The EP Carry is designed specifically for dinghies, tenders, small rowing and other craft under 13 feet and 600 pounds.
Weighing in at a mere 14 pounds, the EP Carry motor is sold complete with a 7-pound buoyant battery pack – making it the lightest electric motor system on the market. This light weight, combined with its ergonomics, allows for simple and fast set-up and operation, all from a seated position. The motor clamps onto a transom or motor mount and sets up in less than a minute. With a pull on the tiller arm to lift the prop, boaters can beach their dinghy, eliminating the challenges of traditional outboards that require reaching back or latching with a second hand. All controls including reverse gear are within reach at the end of the long tiller arm.
In spite of its small size and low weight, the EP Carry provides ample propulsion for one to three hours, depending on the power level selected. Designed to deliver long runtime for multiple ship-to-shore trips, most small boats can expect speeds of 3.5 to 4.2 knots with a range of 3-6 miles per charge. Lithium battery packs offer reliable operation with fast recharge times.
“I originally developed the EP Carry system to protect my family from harmful carbon monoxide fumes while we were enjoying our time on the water,” said Joe Grez, founder, PropEle. “I wanted a system that provided clean, safe and efficient electric power, with an elegant design that could be hand carried. I discovered that an electric solution enhances your boating experience by removing the hassles, fumes, emissions and noise of gas motors. Now sailors, cruisers, boating dog owners and boaters on lakes can travel quickly, safely and more enjoyably.”
Engineered for maximum efficiency, the EP Carry’s custom brushless motor provides 220 watts of power. The EP Carry includes a patented water-lubricated gear system that requires zero maintenance. The motor is available in three shaft lengths – Mini, Standard/Short and Long, and is solar-ready with a variety of 24-volt panels available to fit the unique needs of each owner.