Oxe Marine AB — the Sweden-based builder of a line of high-torque diesel outboards — have entered into an agreement with fellow Scandinavian propulsion company Evoy AS to partner on a high-powered electric outboard.
The engine would combine Evoy’s electric motor with the lower leg of the Oxe Marine diesel outboard for a 150-hp model, with the goal of going up to 300 hp. (Evoy debuted a 150-hp model earlier this year.)
Oxe diesels utilize a belt-drive system reportedly more durable than bevel gears and allow for the diesel’s increased torque to be transferred more efficiently to the prop.
"Evoy's high output electric propulsion systems should be a great fit towards OXE Marine AB's belt driven lower legs — designed for the higher torque from diesel and electric motors — and we are excited to see what it can do,” said Evoy AS CEO Leif A. Stavøstrand in a statement.
If all goes to plan, both Oxe and Evoy may further develop the new powerplant for production and worldwide distribution.
"Oxe Marine AB's vision is the global adoption of its patented belt propulsor concept with a mission to dramatically reduce exhaust emissions in the marine outboard segment. We believe that partnering with Evoy in delivering a high quality and efficient electric marine propulsion system is an important step towards meeting our goals,” said Oxe Marine CEO Myron Mahendra.
Evoy’s Stavøstrand agreed. “[The agreement] fits well into Evoy's vision of eliminating boating emissions globally, and our goal is to start with the commercial market, like OXE Marine AB,” he said. “Later we will move into the larger recreational market as battery technology and prices steadily improve.”