Zodiac Nautic Group has teamed up with Torqeedo to launch the Avon eJET Concept – a 100% electric tender that is said to offer many benefits to yacht owners, including a single onboard fuel type, no oil changes, increased reliability and reduced maintenance costs.

The eJET Concept performed strongly in performance and reliability tests, leading Avon and Torqeedo to further collaborate on a commercial range of eJETs that will be available for sale in 2019.

These tenders are equipped with Torqeedo’s 80hp Deep Blue electric motor and the latest generation lithium battery from Torqeedo (32kWh, as used in the BMW i3).

Based on early testing, the eJET will deliver 90 minutes range in normal use. The tender achieves a maximum speed of 26kt, thanks to its new hull technology.

The eJET products, including the Concept presented at the 2017 Cannes Yachting Festival, are fully connected and allow remote communication and diagnostics.

The Zodiac Connected Boat device will also let users track their location in real time, save their trips, turn on the lights from a distance and control battery systems.

“We’re always looking for what will come next in the boating industry and seek the best partners to make that happen," says Dominique Heber-Suffrin, president of Zodiac Nautic Group. "For our eJET Concept, Torqeedo was a clear choice from the get go.”

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.”