Mercury Marine Reveals its First Electric Outboard

The Avator 7.5e will be available later this year.
Avator 7.5e electric outboard
Courtesy Mercury Marine The Avator 7.5e electric outboard is roughly equivalent to a 3.5 hp gas engine.

Mercury Marine has announced its first electric outboard—the Avator 7.5e—the first in a series to include 20e and 35e engines coming later this year. The 7.5e generates 750 watts of power at the prop shaft, producing speed and acceleration similar to a Mercury 3.5 hp FourStroke.

“We created an entire propulsion system fully integrated from the advanced controls, props and digital gauges to an all-new mobile app,” says Tim Reid, Mercury’s vice president of product development and engineering.

Mercury worked with its sister company Mastervolt to design Avator’s 1 kWh lithium-ion battery. The battery has no cables to connect; it slides into place under the engine’s flip-up cowling. Carry a spare battery for additional range, and swap it while on the water.

Avator lithium-ion battery
Courtesy Mercury Marine Avator’s 1 kWh lithium-ion battery is easily swappable.

When tested on a 13-foot Veer X13 boat (382 pounds dry weight), the outboard ran for 60 minutes, or 5 miles, at constant full throttle. It ran up to 19 hours, or 34 miles, at a constant 25 percent throttle.

The Avator comes with a 110W charger that can be packed in a carry bag.
Boaters can also upgrade to a higher-speed charger.

The 48V engine weighs 37 pounds excluding battery and transom quick-connect bracket, and is sold with a 15-, 20- or 25-inch shaft. The battery weighs 17 pounds.

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Mercury 7.5e with tiller
Courtesy Mercury Marine The 37-pound engine is available with tiller or console steering.

Tiller and console steering options are available. The Digital Power & Shift remote controls come in three styles to fit a range of center- and side-console mounting positions. Gauges are embedded directly into the tiller-steer model while a pedestal display can be added to a console.

Avator 7.5e will be available later this year; pricing will be announced closer to the sale date.

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