Cannes Yachting Festival (September 10, 2018) – After introducing the first jet tender to the world in 1991 and completely revamping the landscape of the luxury yacht tender through its Avon brand for over 20 years, Zodiac Nautic is doubling down on its commitment to keep exploring the future of the boating industry.
Together with the world leader in marine electric propulsion, Germany-based Torqeedo, Avon has developed the eJET 450, a 100% electric tender that solves the most pressing problems faced by yacht owners: carrying fuel for tenders, changing oil, dealing with reliability issues and costly maintenance.
These tenders are equipped with the most advanced 55 kW Deep Blue electric motor from Torqeedo and the latest generation of automotive battery (30.5 kWh used in the BMW i3). The eJET gets 90 minutes of range at 23 knots (7 hours at 5 knots) and achieves a max speed of 31 knots thanks to its revolutionary Hydrojet technology. The eJET products also carry connected capabilities allowing them to be maintained and upgraded directly through the Internet.
True to its luxury background, Avon eJETs feature high-quality hypalon fabric, exceptional electrically-retractable seats by Serge Ferrari with a quilted finish sewn by hand in France. The range is entirely customizable with hundreds of options available.
“Throughout its 120 years of history, Zodiac Nautic Group and its brands have collectively invented the inflatable boat, the RIB and the inflatable jet tender. We’re always looking for what will come next in the boating industry and seek the best partners to make that happen. Torqeedo was the clear choice from the get-go on the eJET project” claims Dominique Heber-Suffrin, President of Zodiac Nautic Group.
Dr. Christoph Ballin, Co-founder and CEO of Torqeedo adds: “Avon’s eJET tender marks the arrival of clean and quiet electric mobility in the luxury tender segment. It’s a gorgeous product and we are proud to support it.”
Torqeedo is the market leader for electric mobility on the water. Founded in 2005 in Starnberg, the company develops and manufactures electric and hybrid drives from 0.5 to 100 kW for commercial applications and recreational use. Torqeedo products are characterized by an uncompromising high-tech focus, maximum efficiency and complete system integration. Torqeedo is part of the DEUTZ Group, one of the world’s leading independent suppliers of diesel and natural gas engines.
About Avon Marine
Avon Marine has built over 200,000 tenders over its 60-year history. Producing first-class handbuilt products, Avon products are available globally from an international distribution network.