• Mercury Marine Announces Bold New Vision With Its Avator Electric Outboard Concept

    Outboard Features Portable, Quick-Charging Batteries

    FOND DU LAC, Wis., Feb. 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has announced its Avator™ electric outboard concept, representing Mercury’s next step in marine innovation, advanced technology, and engineering. The electric outboard concept will be on display for the first time during the 2022 Miami International Boat Show and is progressing the company toward the formal release of electric outboard products later in 2022 and 2023.

    Avator creates a new boating experience for Mercury’s global customers combining an investment in electrification with more than 80 years of expertise in the marine industry. Leveraging Mercury's leadership and reputation for hydrodynamics, corrosion resistance, reliability, and industrial design, the Avator concept will deliver a superior user experience for a wide range of vessels and activities.

    “We are excited to formally announce this bold new phase of our vision for the future that only Mercury Marine can deliver,” said Chris Drees, Mercury Marine president. “Electrification is strategically important to us, and this concept provides a first look at how we intend to deliver on our commitment to being the industry leader in both internal combustion products and electric propulsion. We are taking efficiency to a new level, opening up new ways to enjoy the boating experience.”

    Avator advances Mercury’s commitment to sustainability by offering the prospect of boating with zero direct emissions. Mercury is also using electrification to make boating more accessible with features such as swappable batteries and enhanced portability.

    “Mercury has the industry’s strongest and most robust technology and design teams who are shaping a new power for marine that expands the brand into new applications,” said Tim Reid, Mercury Marine vice president of product development & engineering. “We believe features like easily changeable batteries and quiet operation hold great appeal for current and prospective boaters. We expect our breadth of electric offerings to expand over time, and we will continue to listen to consumer feedback and monitor adoption trends.”

    “Our team is taking everything we know about how consumers use our products and incorporating it into Avator, creating an electric propulsion system that will set a new benchmark for the marine industry,” said Drees.

    Learn more about the Mercury Avator concept and our vision for electrification at https://www.mercurymarine.com/en/us/land/avator-electric-outboard/

    About Mercury Marine
    Headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Mercury Marine® is the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines. A division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), Mercury provides engines, boats, services and parts for recreational, commercial and government marine applications. Mercury empowers boaters with products that are easy to use, extremely reliable and backed by the most dedicated customer support in the world. The company’s industry-leading brand portfolio includes Mercury outboard engines, Mercury MerCruiser® sterndrive and inboard packages, Mercury propellers, Mercury inflatable boats, Mercury SmartCraft® electronics, Land 'N' Sea marine parts distribution and Mercury and Quicksilver® parts and oils. More information is available at www.MercuryMarine.com.
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. 89LASER's Avatar
      89LASER -
      Looks like they just took a trolling motor or bow thruster motor and made a self contained battery compartment.
    1. Grant Conklin's Avatar
      Grant Conklin -
      Quote Originally Posted by 89LASER View Post
      Looks like they just took a trolling motor or bow thruster motor and made a self contained battery compartment.

      Who knows. Maybe that's it, or maybe it's more involved than that. But the info they're realeasing is basicaly a giant "nothing" burger.
    1. creeljd's Avatar
      creeljd -
      Glorified trolling motor? I've never seen a trolling motor with that gear case design and a anti-cavitation plate. It looks like their engineers put some thought into this. The removable battery is a nice touch. Electric outboards don't scale up very well due to the weight of the batteries. But they scale down quite well. Here is a perfect example. Need a portable motor for a rib or a skiff? This hits all the buttons and can power it. Need extended running time? Bring extra batteries. Me thinks Mercury is on to something here.
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