By Jody McCutcheon
French company Exoconcept clearly has an eye on the environment. For proof, look no further than their unique water toy, the Exo electric watercraft.
First appearing a couple years ago at the Cannes Boat Show, the Exo provides a smooth, emissionfree, noiseless ride that’s totally free of petroleum pollutants. An intriguing-looking machine with cutting-edge design, it’s gentle on air and water quality, and very easy on the eyes.
The Exo comes equipped with a 3.5, 4.5 or 7 kilowatt-hour electrical engine, with four racks of removable, long-lasting lithium-iron-phosphate (Li Fe PO4) batteries. There’s an option for two additional reserve battery racks, if you want to extend the life of your watery adventure. The choice of motor will affect battery life, which ranges between one and two-and-a-half hours. Included is a 220/110–volt battery charger.
A water-jet propulsion unit with “Jet Drive” system makes for a silent ride, with a maximum speed of 50 kilometers (31 miles) per hour. The rider lies in a prone position (i.e., belly-down); so wind resistance is minimized, water splashage is maximized and electric motor power gets used to its fullest. With batteries, the craft weighs less than 50 kilograms.
Two types of Exo watercraft will be offered. The carbon fiber series, fashioned completely of carbon fiber, will be first to market, come September; while the ABS series, made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (a solid plastic which sounds, by virtue of its sinisterly unpronounceable name, less eco-friendly than carbon fiber) and offered in four different colours, will become available some time next year.
The Exo won’t be sold retail, so authorised dealers will start taking orders in September, and delivery will begin by year’s end. Always looking to reduce its carbon footprint, Exoconcept will soon be striving to make the Exo from 100% recyclable materials–an idea that truly floats our boat.