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Jan 4, 2021  •  13 min

Electric Outboard Motors: All You Need to Know (Best Picks in 2023)

Electric outboard motors have got a lot of attention these days: It is silent, clean, and maintenance-free with NO fuel or exhaust smells.

With the hype of high power electric outboard motors, it seems that the electric outboard motors now offer a viable alternative to combustion motors, making it a great option for many boats including kayaks, dinghies, canoe, inflatables, and sailboats.

But the electric outboard price might again put you in a dilemma.

Is the electric outboard motor worth the upfront investment? What’s the range and runtime of electric outboards? What’s the most powerful electric outboard motor available and affordable today?

In this post, we are going to walk through all information about the electric outboard motors for boats and help you select the best electric outboard that fits your needs.

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Editor’s Note: Electric outboard motors as well as other electric vehicles are measured by W (watts) instead of hp (horsepower). So if you are looking for a 3 HP electric outboard motor, it should be a 1000 W outboard that has an equivalent power of a 3 HP petrol motor.

In order to help you better understand the power range of electric outboard motors especially for those who are new to the electric motors, we will just use HP to describe the power of electric outboards in this post.

Electric Outboard Motors Are Not Trolling Motors

Before we get into depth, let’s make it clear that here we are talking about electric outboard motors. Not trolling motors or electric start combustion outboards.

Unlike the trolling motors (measured in static thrust) that can only go at slow trolling speed, true electric outboard motors can provide much higher power: They are designed to be used as the primary power source.

Even small electric outboards, for example, the popular 3hp electric outboard motor, would be enough to power boats weighing up to 1.5 tons including dinghy boats, inflatables, and small sailboats, at a speed of 5 knots (conditions apply).

If you have no idea which one to choose between electric outboard motor and trolling motor (like the Minn Kota motors), check out our previous post for a detailed comparison.

Electric Outboard Motor for Boat: What You Need to Know

The electric outboard motor is definitely appealing but the flooded information on the Internet could be overwhelming and get you lost especially if you are new to electric boating.

Here I have rounded up the top 5 frequently asked questions (with quick answers) so that you can easily decide whether to get an electric outboard motor for your boat.

Electric Outboard Motor Runtime & Range

Curious to know what sort of battery life and range the electric outboard motors get in a marine environment. “I don’t want to run out of charge on the water.”

This is the proverbial piece of string question.

The electric outboard motor runtime and range depend on how fast you run it, how heavy the boat is, how much tide is running in which direction, the battery charge state, the temperature… and more factors still.

Generally speaking, with the Spirit 1.0 Plus 3 hp electric outboard at half power you should get 13.3 miles or 21.3 km.

Most electric boat motors will allow you to adjust it to a slower speed for extra range and runtime. Plus you can always read the battery level/estimated range left on the screen, so you’ll never get stuck.

Here is a table that shows the estimated range and runtime of the 9.9 hp electric outboard at different speed levels with a single charge of one battery.

Electric Outboard Motors Range, Runtime & Speed

Power(W)Speed(mph)Runtime (hh:mm)Range (mile)

*Data collected from ePropulsion Navy 6.0 Evo electric outboard motor on a 12 ft aluminum boat (with exclusive ePropulsion E175 battery that’s 8960 Wh) with one person on boat in calm lake water.

Check the full test report of the Navy 6.0 electric outboard motor.

Electric Outboard Motor Speed

So how fast are electric boat motors?

The max speed of electric outboard motors varies greatly between different boats and working environments. The higher power, the higher speed.

Below you will find a selection of real-world test reports using the ePropulsion Spirit 1.0 electric outboard motor in a selection of different styles of the boat.

Boat TypeMax speed (mph)Full Test Report
West Marine RU-250 Roll-Up Inflatable Boat4.5Report #1
RS 21 Sailboat5.5Report #2
Csónaképítő e.BALIN Túra6.2Report #3
Liteboat LiteXP6.1Report #4

Want a higher power electric outboard to keep your boat at a higher speed?

It’s still a great challenge for today’s technology. Just as I mentioned above, the electric outboard motors need a large battery capacity to keep a high speed.

The amount of battery power needed to move a boat is like 10x more than a motor vehicle.

Let’s say you can go at 5 knots with a 10 hp electric outboard motor. And if you want to speed up to 15 knots, you will probably need a 100 hp electric outboard, and that requires much more energy and battery than we can imagine and will cost a fortune.

That’s why the electric outboard motors under 20hp (3hp/4hp/5hp/10hp motors) are still the mainstream in the consumer market.

Electric Outboard Motor Price

Electric outboards are interesting but I don’t understand why they cost more than a petrol outboard.

Think about the challenges of battery size vs range in electric outboard motors:

The electric outboard boat motor needs a large battery capacity especially if you are planning for a long trip.

Given that the batteries have lower energy density compared to petrol and a boat is around 5 to 10 times less efficient in energy economy compared to a similar weight car, you’ll need a lot of energy (i.e. batteries) stored on the electric outboard motor to push the boat along.

And the batteries are expensive.

Another reason is that the economies of scale have not kicked in yet within the industry although the electric outboard motors are getting more and more popular these days.

An exception:

Actually the 3 hp electric outboard motor outperforms the petrol outboard on price (and virtually any functionality you could care about for a boat outboard) if you take the maintenance fee ($180/year, if you dont service it you lose warranty) and fuel/electricity cost into account.

Take ePropulsion Spirit Plus, the 3 hp electric outboard motor with a built-in battery, for example:

That’s to say, with electric outboard motor Spirit 1.0 Plus, it’s only 3 years before the saving start. And as the service time increases, you could even save more.

So actually the electric outboard motors are a cost-effective option within a few years of use.

Notice: You might be in the market of the used electric outboard motor and looking for one during special sales or on the deals website. But it is not recommended to go this way as those electric outboard motors for sale might not guarantee your full warranty.

Electric Outboard Motor Battery Charging

The good news is that most electric outboard motors can be fully charged overnight. So it’s convenient and won’t impede your schedule.

Some reputable electric outboard motor manufacturers like ePropulsion also feature quick charging that can cut down the charging time in half.

Solar charging is also possible, you can discharge and charge the battery at the same time meaning you can extend the range of your boat on sunny days

Extra tip: If you are a sailing enthusiast, be sure to check out the electric outboard motors that come with hydrogeneration, like the ePropulsion Evo Series. It takes advantage of the wind energy to charge its batteries while sailing, so you can have extra power for an extended range of sailing or charging other facilities on board.

Electric Outboard Motor Hydrogeneration

Check out how the hydrogeneration works on sailing with Captain Rick Moore (starting from 7:48).

Electric Outboard Motor Weight

The electric outboard motor and battery weight could be a concern, especially for the elderly. Boating is enjoyable, but lugging the heavy batteries over boggy ground to get to a boat in remote areas is definitely not tempting.

If you are looking for a portable electric outboard motor, consider the one with a built-in battery. The electric outboard motor with battery is easy to transport and could save you a lot of trouble.

Some electric outboard motor batteries can even float in the water so there is no need to worry about dropping it while installing the outboard.

Looking for a higher power electric outboard motor?

It will need standalone batteries to power the electric outboard. If you are going this way, we’d recommend looking at the E-Series LiFePO4 battery range.

The E-series electric outboard motor batteries offer a modular system from 2048 Wh to 8960 Wh. They are very affordable marine-grade batteries with a long lifespan.

Reasons to Go for Electric Outboard Motors

Are electric outboard motors any good?

The benefit of electric outboard motors is obvious to anglers and almost overwhelming to those who are looking for a premium boating experience.

Check out the top 4 reasons why hundreds of thousands of people go for electric outboards.

  • Silent. You will hear virtually nothing on board. There will be no disturbing noise to spook the fish. It’s only you and nature.
  • Clean. There will be no greasy dirt to stain your hands, clothes, deck, and trunk during use and transportation if you get an electric outboard motor for the boat.
  • Less Maintenance. Thanks to direct-drive technology, the electric outboard motor has less moving parts, reducing the time and cost of regular maintenance.
  • Exhaust-free. There are no fuel or exhaust smells, so it protects the health of you and the families.

With more regions and lakes banning the use of combustion motors, electric outboard motors have become the only option for some anglers and boating enthusiasts. It is a new trend and could be the future of boating.

Electric outboard motors could also work as a secondary engine (kicker, auxiliary engine). A lot of users also find it helpful in emergencies if the main motor breaks.

Best Electric Outboard Motors in 2022

Having been toying with buying an electric outboard motor for a while but had no idea which outboard motor is the most reliable? What’s the best electric outboard motor?

Here are top 2 recommendations trusted by dozens of thousands of users worldwide.

#1. 3 HP Electric Outboard Motor: ePropulsion Spirit 1.0 Plus

If you are looking for a reliable, affordable, and portable electric outboard motor for the dinghy, inflatable and fishing boats, sailboats, and tenders, the Spirit 1.0 Plus is your best choice.

This electric outboard motor with a built-in battery provides 3 hp equivalent horsepower and can go up to 22 miles at 4.5 mph, or keep running all day long at trolling speed.


  • Direct-drive motor, maintenance-free
  • 1276Wh capacity for 4-hour economical speed runtime
  • Floating battery, you’ll never lose it if it drops into the water
  • 180W solar charging for extra charging
  • Lightweight (42lbs including the battery)
  • Folding tiller, easy to pack and carry the motor
  • Digital display, you’ll always know the battery level, remaining runtime, etc
  • 3 hours full recharge with quick charger
  • Designed for freshwater and saltwater

As an electric outboard motor for saltwater and freshwater, the Spirit is durable and efficient to be used in the lake, marine, and simply any kind of environment.

Check out how the Spirit performs in the water on this genuine electric outboard motor review:

For advanced hydrogeneration capacity, check out the Spirit 1.0 Evo. You will love it on sailing.

#2. 9.9 HP Electric Outboard Motor: ePropulsion Navy 6.0 Evo

If you want a higher power electric outboard motor for dinghies, aluminum fishing boats, daysailers, and cruising sailboats, be sure to check out the ePropulsion Navy 6.0 outboard.

With this 6kw 9.9 (10) HP electric outboard motor, you can easily go 40 miles within one charge, or go fishing all day at trolling speed.


  • Customized E-Series electric outboard motor batteries
  • Compatible with 3rd party battery
  • Wireless control
  • The digital display informs you of the real-time operation status
  • Kill stop switch to keep you safe on board
  • Propeller collision emergency stop
  • Designed for freshwater and saltwater

Check out what users have to say about the Navy 6.0 electric outboard motor:

Want to learn more about the product and get advice on purchase? Fill in this quick form within 3 minutes, and we will get in touch shortly.

Hottest FAQs About Electric Outboard Motors

A single post could not answer all questions about the electric outboards. We’ve picked out the most frequently asked ones below with short answers.

If you have any further confusion about the electric outboard motors, leave them in the comment and we’ll get back to you asap and add yours to the list.

#1. How rock proof are electric outboards?

The electric outboard motor blade is usually made of solid materials and ePropulsion motors feature propeller collision emergency stop

However, the rock or oyster bed could still possibly cause damage to the motor. If you are worried, you can always protect the outboard with some propeller guard.

#2. What is the most powerful electric outboard motor?

The most powerful electric outboard motor by far is 80 hp rated, and it is mostly for commercial use due to the high initial cost.

#3. What size electric outboard do I need?

To get the right size electric outboard motor, you need to consider the boat size (weight/length), boatload, your desired speed, and the boating environment, etc.

Generally speaking, a 1kw3hp electric outboard motor is enough to provide a satisfying speed and range for tenders, dinghies, and daysailers up to 1.5 tons, and 6kw10 hp electric outboard motor is for RIBs, fishing boats, and cruising sailboats up to 6 tons.

Electric Outboard Motor for Boat: Final Thoughts

With the unbeatable advantages like quietness, clean, exhaust-free, and the lower overall cost with a few years of use, electric outboard motors are gaining more popularity over time.

You will see more and more electric outboard motors for sailboats, kayak, canoe, and dinghy boats on sale and in use for the upcoming years, especially with the push of the government.

If you’re interested but not sure what type and size of electric outboard motor suits you best, leave us a message on the comments and we’ll try our best to help you find the best pick.

If you are looking for an electric outboard motor in the UK, US, NZ, Canada, Australia, or any other regions worldwide, and want a quick delivery, you may check out the local dealers and order directly from them with solid support if there is an issue coming up.

November 27, 2020

What recommendations can you make to lock the motor, especially the battery since it’s easy to remove when docked?


April 1, 2021

Hi delanovr, you can use a motor lock to secure the outboard. As for the battery, it’s lightweight making it easy to uninstall and remove when not in use.

A chain and padlock through battery handle and around the lock would also help to secure both. Feel free to let me know if you have any further question.

August 11, 2021

I have a 16′ pontoon (Tahoe) with Minnkota e-drive. 4-4.5 mph. Would like a bit more speed. 7-8 mph. What would you suggest?

September 3, 2021

Hi Bob, you may take a look at the Navy 6.0 Evo for your application https://www.epropulsion.com/navy/

December 7, 2020

What electric motor would be best for a 12′ Aluminum boat?

April 1, 2021

Hello dsrtcrttr, it’s actually depends on many factors including your desired speed, boat load (gear and passengers), and the boating environment. Could you offer more details about your application of the aluminum boat?

You may also check out our test data with similar sized aluminum boat and see if the performance meets your needs on this page https://www.epropulsion.com/performance-bulletins

Hope the information helps!

December 30, 2020

I have a 10 foot Bass buster or a 2 person Pelican . Do have a trolling motor . Question is what size of electric outboard motor do I need ? Have read your information on this site but still need help . New on boat . Would like a 3.5 electric but still need your advice . Will appreciate all the help you can give me Thank you ,

Fermin R.

April 1, 2021

Hello Fermin, the 3 hp Spirit 1.0 Plus is a great choice for your situation. Check out our test date with Spirit motor on a smiliar boat here:


Please feel free to let me know if you have any further question

March 26, 2021

I have a 16 ft 4 person skiff to cruise around the river. Will the 3 hp electric motor push us for 4 hours of cruising? The whole river is “slow no wake”

March 30, 2021

Hi Neil, the actual running time is largely depend on your speed requirement and the boat load. Could you provide more information on that?

According to our test, our 3hp electric motor Spirit 1.0 can run for 4 hours at 4.4mph on a 14ft boat. And if you reduce the speed to 3.5mph, it can last for 8 hours.

Hope the information helps!

March 26, 2021

I have a 14’ speed type boat with 50hp but was thinking electric for emergency back up?

March 30, 2021

Hi John, yes, the electric outboard can be great backup for your speed boat.

Corie Kretschman
April 1, 2021

Happy new year!!!

April 29, 2021

could i use a small gas generator with a convertor to 12 v ?

April 30, 2021

Hi Tom, you may use our Spirit 12 V charger ( https://www.epropulsion.com/product-page/spirit-1-0-dc-charger-12v-24v/ ) to charge the Spirit battery directly from 12 v power source.

Brant Lydecker
May 5, 2021

The bigger the wave, the more support you need from your beginner surfboard. Be sure to check out the trucks to see if you want a set that has wider and deeper “tubes” for the “wave” you’re planning on riding.

Barb Ludins
May 12, 2021

I have a 13′ Saturn kaboat (inflatable). Is the outboard or pod option better for us? The boat can hold about 900 lbs and we take up 550 of that.

May 13, 2021

Hi Barb, it would be better to use an outboard for inflatable boats as it’s easier to install and doesn’t require drilling a hole on the boat. Feel free to let me know if you have any additional questions.

May 15, 2021

Hi – I’ve got a 2500pound (1.25t) multihull sailboat. Don’t have a lot of room and want to keep the weight down. Which outboard would you recomend?

May 17, 2021

The ePropulsion Pod Drive Series ( https://www.epropulsion.com/pod-drive/ ) is a better fit for you since it is designed for space-saving applications.

As for the horsepower recommendation, if you are using it as auxiliary power source like entering and existing a marina, the 1 kw Pod Drive 3.0 would be enough for you. And if you are looking for a more powerful motor, check out the 3 kw Pod Drive 6.0 Evo.

Hope the information helps and feel free to let me know if you have any furthur questions 🙂

May 16, 2021

I have read that the ESpirit 1.0 can be charged from a 12v source or solar panels. I cannot find any technical details about the 12V DC/solar control charger. Does the charger run off mains voltage supply? I have two 240v/12v 20A multistage chargers. Is it possible to charge the motor from those chargers connected in parallel (i.e. 40A maximum charge rate)? Do I also need the Eprop charger?

May 19, 2021

Hi Crispy, you will need the ePropulsion 12V charger due to the different connector and configured charging parameters.

May 23, 2021

I have 3 x 100W solar panels producing 57V. Does the charger also run off solar input at 57V?

May 24, 2021

Hi Crispy, the input voltage of solar panel should be ≤ 35V for the Spirit solar charger controller.

For more information about the ePropulsion solar charging, you can check out our ePropulsion Solar Charger Manual that’s available for download at our download center.

Hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

August 29, 2021

I got wilderness atak 140. I make custom e motor and battery for it from cheap 360Wt trolling motor.
Now i got about 5knots speed at 13V.
Wanna chage it to get at least 8knots at full speed and need very low speed for fishing about 0.2knots. have u any modofications for intalling motor on kayaks?

May 16, 2021

Need electric outboard shot shaft with peddle control or rote

August 17, 2021

Hi Jack, did you mean the short shaft outboard with peddle or remote control? If yes, I would like to recommende the Spirit 1.0 Evo Remote which can be controlled remotely with a top mount or side mount control and allows for helm steering. It couldn’t be easier 🙂 Please feel free to let me know if you have further questions.

September 22, 2021

Hi Friends! What motor is recommended for a wood canoe that weight near 1 ton and full loaded 2.5 tons, normally we use 40-48hp, our daily tour is 8 hours roundtrip full power, important 1.30hours of rapids, waiting for a prompt answer, regards..

November 19, 2021

Hi there,
ePropulsion’s outboard motor range is between 3-9.9HP, do you have any speed requirements?
If we solely consider weights, Navy 3.0 or 6.0 Evo would be the choice of 2.5 full-loaded canoes. 8 hours of run time requirement should depend on the battery capacity and running speed.

May 16, 2021

Ment short shaft ….10 ft boat with steering wheel

May 19, 2021

Hi Jack, you may want to check out the Spirit 1.0 Remote short shaft version. It has 24.6 inches short shaft length and allows remote helm steering. For more information, please visit https://www.epropulsion.com/spirit-evo/

May 29, 2021

How many charge cycles can the battery take before it starts to lose capacity? What is the battery chemistry? What safety features are incorporated? Is it safe to use in hot climates (ex: the Mediterranean in Summer)?

June 3, 2021

For the ePropulsion Spirit Evo model, the cycle life of its Lithium-Polymer type of battery is ≥500 cycles (80% of Rated Capacity), and it’s recommended to be used at temperatures under 40 ℃. You may find more information on the user manual at our download center https://www.epropulsion.com/download-center/

May 29, 2021

Is it possible to have an idea of the prices of the various models please? In my country the “closest dealer” is a yacht-focused business and since I only have a small wooden boat I would prefer to have an idea of the price so I can at least check if the dealer has applied a fair mark-up. I have a small (but heavy) 14 foot wooden (plywood) boat that does not plane since it is based on a sailing boat design (with a small keel and a transom that leans back but has a place to mount the motor perpendicular to the sea). My main interest would therefore be the 3HP equivalent model. Thanks.

August 17, 2021

Hello John, may I know where you are located please?

June 22, 2021

I have a 40’ power boat that I use for trolling for salmon. It’s a 30,000 lb twin diesel boat. The problem is it trolls too fast even with one engine and I have an inflatable boat on the swim grid that takes up space. I was wondering if I used an electric outboard to move my boat 2-3mph would be excellent. I have large battery capacity and generator if needed.
Are the electric outboards as heavy as gas powered? Compact?

June 23, 2021

Hi Lee, the 9.9HP Navy 6.0 should be able to move your boat at desired speed. However there are many other factors come into play that may affect its performances. You may fill up this form and schedule a test ride with your local dealer to see whether it can satisfy your needs: https://epropulsion.typeform.com/dealer-contact Thanks!

Donner Grigsby
August 1, 2021


Are there solar/wind charger options for the Navy 3.0/6.0? I see that it is mentioned on the Spirit (keenly interested).

Kindest regards,


August 17, 2021

Hi Donner, it depends on the batteries you are using together with the Navy 3.0/6.0. The ePropulsion E-Series battery can be charged with 3rd party solar panels. And the new Navy Evo models allow hydrogeneration.

To charge the ePropulsion E-Series Battery with only 3rd party solar panels, users need to set the solar charger float voltage to 57.6V. Meanwhile, the solar charger maximum discharge current needs to be less than 20A/40A/75A for the E40/E80/E175 battery collectively. Otherwise, the E-Series Battery would not be charged.

For more information about hydrogeneration and solar charging, you may visit our FAQ center https://www.epropulsion.com/support-center/

Achilleas costa
August 15, 2021

Hi i have a 21feet fast cruiser boat, with no engine,and wondering,if i can use the navy 6,as my very main propulsion.Will it be strong enough to move my boat happily ??Thanks

Achilleas costa
August 15, 2021

Will the navy 6 kw 10hp,move my 21feet fast hull power boat, their is no engines inside, Will like to use the navy 6 as my very MAIN PROPULSION.THANKS

Achilleas costa
August 15, 2021

Hi i have a 21feet fast cruiser boat, with no engine,and wondering,if i can use the navy 6,as my very main propulsion.Will it be strong enough to move my boat happily ??Thanks

August 17, 2021

Hi Achilleas, may I know what speed you are looking for with the Navy 6.0?

September 3, 2021

Hi have a 26ft 1800kg racing sail boat only sail on a large lake so no tides or big waves I was wondering if the 3hp would suffice in just getting us out of the marina with a speed limit of 3kts with a run time of about 40mins .

September 9, 2021

Hi, 3HP can only pushes boats up to 1.5 metric tonnes… we would recommend a 6HP like Navy 3.0 Evo.

September 3, 2021

I have a Stealth Stalker 10 , 10’ long &78#, that I would like to use in the San Pablo Bay which has winds and tides. The boat can use up to 4.5 hp. Any plans for an electric that size in the near future? Do you think the Spirit 1.0 would push this boat in the tides well enough? I read about the solar, but can you use an additional wet cell battery as a backup? Thanks.

September 9, 2021

Hi, the static thrust of the Spirit 1.0 is 316 N / 71 lbs, which is sufficient for pushing the Stealth Stalker 10 in the tides. However, we recommend ePropulsion brand dry cells batteries to have smooth and accurate access to the battery status.

Rick Z
September 7, 2021

Great Article! Have a question…I am considering buying an Elco 14 long shaft to put on my 18 ft pontoon boat. Just want to putt around a small lake, Elco says I need to wire 4 Deep cycle batteries in series to produce th required 48 volts to power the motor. They sell deep cycle batteries but they are very expensive. Can you use just regular old marine deep cycle batteries in series or do you have to use the special expensive ones?



September 9, 2021

Hi, for selecting the battery please refer to the user manual on page 12. https://www.epropulsion.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/NAVY-Evo-User-Manual-V1.2.pdf

Mike Miller
September 10, 2021

I have a Com Pac 19 sailboat with a 6HP Mercury long shaft that I am going to replace. I’m thinking of an electric outboard. The boat weighs 2,000 pounds and will be used on an inland central Florida lake. I would primarily use the motor to get in and out of the marina. If the wind dies down I might need it to power me back 6 to 10 miles at most. What kind of motor would you recommend?

September 10, 2021

Hi, Spirit 1.0 Evo can pushes boats up to 1.5 metric tonnes, which would be alright for going in and out of the marina. While the operating range widely depends on the speed and the battery capacity, so we recommend a bigger battery like E40 for the a long-range. Here are the references https://www.epropulsion.com/performance-bulletins/

October 4, 2021

Can I use my epropulsion motor as a side attachment on my 16 foot Old Town canoe?

October 18, 2021

thanks alot of information

Bobby Costa
November 1, 2021

I recently got delivery of my EPROPULSION motor and battery. I noticed in the video’s what appeared to be a carrying case for both engine and battery. Can you advise me where I can purchase these item(s). I did not see them in the accessory section. Thank you

Da Scoffer
December 17, 2021

Hi. Is there an adjustable transom height model available? I have a 10′ tender/muck-around Alum dinghy, short shaft transom, and 14′ long shaft Alum I use for fishing. Seriously considering the Navy 6. So motor dual fit transom height would be absolute magic.

January 4, 2022

Hi Da, I’m afraid the adjustable transom height model is not available currently. However you may possibly try to modify the current model to suit your needs and you are very welcome share with us if it works : )

January 26, 2022

Hi Flora. Looking for an electric outboard long shaft for my aluminium boat of 17 ,5 feet which weighs 650lbs and 1000lbs loaded up. Looking to do 20knots and 20 miles per trip. You have a great product, keep pushing it, thanks, Tom

January 27, 2022

Hi Tom, thanks for your comment. We’ve run some test ride with detailed reports so you can learn how our products perform in real-life. Hope the information helps https://www.epropulsion.com/performance-bulletins/ Thanks!

David Jones
January 28, 2022

I purchased a Spirt 1 3Hp this past summer and have it on a 10 ft hard bottom dingy. It is fantastic. I want use it on my pontoon boat as a silent kicker to quietly cruise on our northern lake. Do you have any kicker mount information or suggestions how to make this work. I need to keep the 115 hp outboard to get places and take the kids for ski and tube rides.

January 28, 2022

Hello David, our current installation is based on the instructions, as long as it fits the transom height, then is good, thanks!

Matt Prideaux
January 31, 2022

Do you know of a Prop guard that fits the spirit 1.0?

February 8, 2022

Hello Matt, sorry that we don’t have prop guard for spirit 1.0, thanks!

February 2, 2022

I have a 17’ Grumman Square Stern Canoe that is rated for a 5HP gas outboard engine.

What Electric Outboard engine do you recommend that would be equivalent ?


February 8, 2022

Hello Mike, I’ll recommend you the navy 3.0 evo motor,which has 6 HP; and if you want a faster motor, we have navy 6.0 which has 9.9 HP for you to choose, thanks!

February 8, 2022

Thanks! Can you tell me the weight of each engine ?

February 16, 2022

Hello Mike, the navy 3.0 evo is 24.3kg, and the navy 6.0 evo is 36kg, thanks!

February 6, 2022

Can electric outboards be dual use for primary propulsion and as a trolling motor? Or is the minimum thrust too high?

February 8, 2022

Hello Derek, of course the eletric motor can be dual used for primary propulsion and as a trolling motor, but it also depends on the size of the boat, the heavier the boat is, the less speed it will improve, vice versa, thanks!

February 8, 2022

i have a 6 ton sports cruiser. I want to use the Navy 6.0 for trolling with 60v battery setup. Then use navy 6.0 with maybe 24V of battery on my inflateable dingy thoughts?

February 8, 2022

Hello Phill, to ensure the navy 6.0 evo can work at its full power continually, the batteries are required to possess over 125A of continuous discharge current; And to ensure at least one hour of duration, the battery capacity should reach 6000Wh or above, thanks!

February 23, 2022

We have a 16 ft. aluminum that gets intermittently heavy use – carrying supplies and 2 to 4 people to a water access cottage about 3 miles away, running to the landing empty for a few things, one or two people going a mile or two to fish, two or more people going out to the reefs for a picnic. The longest trip is usually the supply run. The boat currently has a 4 cycle 30 hp on it. Is there something available that could handle this? Thanks.

February 25, 2022

Hello Bill, our current maximum HP motor is navy 6.0 evo, which has 6KW and 9.9 HP, you can contact the local dealer for further information, and here is the website: https://www.epropulsion.com/find-a-dealer/, thanks!

Ed Weber
March 7, 2022

The dinghy for our 37′ sailboat is a 10′ RIB. We have been using a 5HP propane outboard motor, but want to replace that with electric. Would the 3HP feel underpowered after being used to the previous outboard? Should we step up to the 6HP?

March 8, 2022

Hello Ed, given your circumstance, we do recommend you the 6HP navy 3.0 evo, or a bigger 9.9HP navy 6.0 evo, thanks!

March 27, 2022

I’m interested in an electric outboard primarily to get back and forth across a river in a small jon boat — occasionally in high current conditions. I will be hauling the motor up and down the bank myself on a long set of stairs. The weight of the Spirit 1.0 (42.6 pounds with battery) is appealing, but I think I may require the power of the Navy 3.0 for high current situations. What is the lightest battery configuration for the Navy 3.0 if my typical round trip use case is only a few minutes (I need power but am not concerned with long run times)?

March 29, 2022

Hello David, the lightest battery for navy 3.0 evo is E80, which weight in 53kg, you can contact the local dealer for further informations: https://www.epropulsion.com/find-a-dealer/, thanks!

Mark Sperry
April 8, 2022

I’m considering an eProlusion Spirit outboard for my 17′ O’Day Daysailer. The stated ranges seem ok for what I want to do, but my concern is that there are very high currents occasionally in my coastal Maine area. If I’m motoring against current, will I use up battery life significantly faster?

April 13, 2022

Hello Mark, it will have no significant effect whether when it’s in high current area or smooth area, thanks!

John zrelak
April 21, 2022

Where can I purchase a Navy 6.0 model.?
I live in the Portland, Oregon area.
Thank you.

April 26, 2022

Hello John, you can contact the local dealer fore further informations: https://www.epropulsion.com/find-a-dealer/, thanks!

April 28, 2022

I recently purchased a Takacat 8’6” catamaran inflatable. It has much less wetted surface than a basic inflatable. What can I expect from an Spirit 1.0 in the way of performance and range? The Spirit 1.0 is the motor I am strongly considering. Thanks

May 12, 2022

Hello Bill, the spirit 1.0 plus can up to maximum 7-8km/h, and the range is about 7km, you can see our performance bulletins to make a reference: https://www.epropulsion.com/performance-bulletins/, thanks!

May 4, 2022

I am considering the Spirit 1.0 as a ‘get-you-home’ motor for my 19′ Grand RIB. If the battery became depleted, can I cable directly to the main engine starter battery for any extra power that I might require?

May 12, 2022

Hello Neil, you can wait like half hour then restart the motor to drive back slowly, thanks!

David Jones
May 11, 2022

I really want to put an electric kicker on my pontoon boat. I think the remote control would work fine but not sure if a modification for steering is practical. It would be primarily to cruise quietly around our small lake instead of listening to our outboard bubble away. Any thoughts?

May 12, 2022

Hello David, you can contact the local dealer about the remote kit and steering system, thanks!

Dr Paul Smith
August 23, 2022

I have a 15” sailing dinghy and I am comfortable with the power of an electric outboard. My question is could I take spare batteries?

October 20, 2022

Hi Paul, of course you can take a spare battery, you can contact the nearest dealer for further informations: https://www.epropulsion.com/find-a-dealer/, thanks!

January 16, 2023

I have a Sonar sailboat (23 ft, 2500 lbs + 4 people) in Florida brackish inter coastal water. Used primarily for racing. I need a small motor with a long shaft for moving from dock to racing area, about 2 miles. Other identical boats use 2.5hp gas motors. Weight is important. Which model is recommended? I am also wondering if the batter can be detached after reaching the course to move weight to the center of the boat. I am concerned about reports stating HP equivalent ratings are often overstated in the electric industry. I am looking to purchase in the next few weeks. Thanks.

March 24, 2023

Dear customer,
A high-powered motor is needed.(23 ft, 2500 lbs + 4 people)
Navy 6.0 Evo (9.9HP)is recommended.
And if you wants to move weight to the center of the boat.
A Pod motor is recommended.
You can refer to these cases:
For the more information of the product, you can contact the local dealer to obtain it.

April 6, 2023

can I use my Honda generator/inverter to provide the 110V power for the epropulsion 20amp charger instead of shore power?

April 17, 2023

Hi, If you mean E battery 20A Charger, that’s ok.
Note, the Max input current (110V): 12A

Mark Griffith
April 9, 2023

I have a Hobie Outback (12’6″) Fishing kayak – 125# to 160# total weight fully rigged Plus myself approx 140# for total weight of 300#. I fish in the Gulf of Mexico near shore and in shore in bays, sounds and rivers. Average current is probably .75 to 1.75 mph with winds of 5 to 12mph on days I fish. Sea state is typically a 1′ to 2′ swell at 4 to 7 second interval. Any guesses on the range and speed I would get at 75% and at full throttle?

April 24, 2023

Dear Mark, for 1kW motor and the information provided.
At 75%, it is about 4-4.3mph.
And at full throttle, it is abour 4.2-4.5mph.
You can refer to the case on this page for more information

April 9, 2023

Hello, I already have solar panels to charge my 12v battery onboard. If I use the same panels to charge the Epropulsion Spirit 1.0 Plus battery, can I use a 48v charger directly? What connection should be used to connect with the panels?

April 17, 2023

Hi Jack, it can be used. And we recommend using ePropulsion’s Plus Solar Charger.

April 12, 2023

i have a 25 feet seaswirl model 250 cuddy, 5000lb. I am interested in an electric outboard trolling motor for fishing and in case i have an engine trouble in the middle of the lake. what type of electric motor do you suggest? thanks

April 17, 2023

Hi george,
Navy 6.0 Evo (9.9HP)is recommended.
You can refer to these cases:
For the more information of the product, you can contact the local dealer to obtain it.

E Jensen
April 24, 2023

We have a cottage in Canada, cold in the winter, so a gas engine needs to be put into & out of storage for $100 x 2 per season. Does the electric motor require any maintenance to store? Probably would put the battery to basement to keep warm enough. Are there any other maintenance issues?

April 24, 2023

Dear Jensen,
As you said, put the motor and battery in the right temperature environment.
It should be noted that the motor is cleaned before storage.
To ensure battery performance, we recommend recharging the battery every 3 months.

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