I just heard about a new electric personal watercraft, perhaps more commonly known as a “Jetski,” or “Skidoo.” I like to think of these PWCs as motorcycles on waves. Noisy, fast and usually operated by men under the age of 50!
Could the new emission-free joyride be better for the environment? Similar to a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle, an electric personal watercraft does not use fuel. Instead, its battery is charged by electric current, which can be made even “cleaner” if you install solar panels or micro wind turbines to generate electricity.
And noise? The manufacturers say that the electric personal watercraft is practically soundless, which could make it much more welcome in lakes and oceans around the world.
But wait, there’s more! According to the electric waverunner’s manufacturer, Eco Watercraft, it will build the electric machines in a factory that itself is powered by renewable energy. In a piece of great advertising, the claim is that electric personal watercrafts will be twice as green.
Now, I’ve read some of the reviews that say the Eco Watercraft looks slow and unwieldy, compared to its gas-revved cousins. I guess only time will tell. Similar concerns were raised about electric motorcycles, at first, too.
I will bet good money that most users will be thrilled with the fact that they can use a machine that is truly eco-friendly on the waves, and will also minimize disruption of other boaters, and importantly – wildlife. Now, you can go out for an early morning ride without raising ire from your neighbors along the shore!
A big thumbs up to Eco Watercraft for producing the first 100% electric personal watercraft. I’m looking forward to more clean PWC models in the future.
What do you think? Would you ride one? Own one? Why or why not?