Electric outboards rule at European boat show

Remigo Outboard

Dec 9, 2021

The 2.5-hp Remigo outboard motor seen here being installed was given an Honorable Mention by the judges at METS for its innovative and practical design for small sailboats and tenders. It has a 2.5-hp electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack, prop, BMS and controls all contained in one lightweight, portable unit.

Two years of COVID-19-pent-up marine-product introductions burst forth on the world’s largest marine-equipment stage — METSTRADE — two weeks ago in Amsterdam. Most significant were TEN electric outboard motors with stated horsepower from 1 to 267. None of the electric motors on display was from Canada or the US; as you might expect in Holland European electrical engineers and entrepreneurs dominated the show.

Our friends from BoatTest.com, who were at METS and shot the video, agree with us that the future of boating is undeniably electric — the only question is when.

Take a look at Part I of BoatTest.com’s two-part video report on electric outboard motors displayed at METS to see what the pioneers are doing. We think you’ll be surprised.



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