Electric outboards fuel clean, green industry with export potential

A Kiama business making environmentally friendly electric outboard motors is generating so much business it has opened a showroom and taken its first export orders from New Zealand and the Netherlands.

E Class Outboards, a collaboration between businesswoman Lynelle Johnson and automotive engineer Ron Kelly, produces a range of portable electric outboards up to 40hp as an affordable environmentally friendly replacement to 2 Stroke and 4 Stroke outboards.

While it was difficult at first to keep the price down and achieve good range, batteries keep improving and cost keeps coming down.

E Class Outboards have reached the stage of development where more people are interested because of their improved performance and minimal impact on the environment.

Initially most of the inquiries came from recreational fishers wanting to use existing outboard motor casings and have them fitted with an electric motor. But three distinct markets have emerged as interest in the environmentally friendly product grows.

Boaters and fishers are realising that while the initial purchase price is still higher than a traditional motor there is no more fuel to buy or servicing required.

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