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Defender Adds TEMO Electric Boat Motor

Designed for dinghies and other small boats, the TEMO.450 retails for around $1,700.

Designed for dinghies and other small boats, the TEMO.450 retails for around $1,700.

Nantes, France-headquartered TEMO has partnered with Connecticut-based Defender Industries to offer its portable electric boat motors in the United States for the first time.

As TEMO’s official U.S. dealer, Defender will debut the TEMO.450 motor at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., Oct. 13-17.

“We have big ambitions and know that American sailors and outdoor enthusiasts are passionate and concerned about climate change,” TEMO co-founder Alexandre Seux said in a statement.

Since Defender began offering electric motors more than a decade ago, demand has spiked, according to managing director Stephen Lance, and the TEMO.450 is a new lightweight power option for dinghies and small craft.

TEMO is now developing the TEMO.1000, slated to debut in Europe next year and in North America in 2024.

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