The newly-released Mecury Avator electric outboards are faster and more efficient than previously releases.
They also integrate with a smartphone App that allows the operator a wide variety of functions,
including the ability to easily monitor battery life and range. (Photo courtesy Mercury Marine)
Crappie Basics: Mercury Launches New Electric Outboard
by Richard Simms, CrappieNOW Editor
Mercury Marine has unveiled the Avator™ 20e and 35e electric outboards.
Mercury says the new models offer more power and the ability to connect multiple Avator batteries to extend range and run time, plus full access to the Mercury Marine app with the integrated SmartCraft® Connect module.
The Avator 20e and 35e outboards generate 2200W and 3700W of power. In testing, using a 12-foot Lund, the Avator 35 ran at the same speed as a 9.9 horsepower 4-stroke outboard while the 20e produced similar acceleration as a 5 hp 4-stroke.
A Mercury SmartCraft® Connect module comes pre-installed on Avator 20e and 35e models, allowing boaters to wirelessly connect the outboard to the Mercury Marine app via mobile device. The app displays a range of performance data points, along with a GPS map with visualized range estimates for planning trips.
Learn more here.
Mercury says two more electric outboard products will be unveiled in the coming months.
Capt. Richard Simms is the Editor of CrappieNOW magazine as well as owner of Scenic City Fishing Charters. Formerly he was a game warden for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency before becoming a photographer and PR guy for TWRA. That lead to a 30-year career as a broadcast journalist and freelance outdoor writer. Follow Capt. Simms other writings on his “Richard’s Ramblings” Facebook page.