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6 Electric Jet Skis Making a Splash in 2024

These jet skis trade gasoline for electric power to provide sustainable water transportation.

Jake Hertz

June 5, 2024

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Electric mobility is finding its way into all fields of transportation, with jet skis being one of the most recent emergences. The primary driver of this change is a need for sustainability, with electric jet skis emitting no exhaust gases and leaving behind no trails of oil, allowing them to preserve water quality and aquatic life better.

Technologically, electric jet skis are powered by lithium-ion batteries, similar to those used in electric cars. These batteries provide considerable power and maintain a relatively lightweight profile, essential for maintaining the performance standards expected from a personal watercraft. Battery technology advancements have continuously improved the range and speed of electric jet skis, making them increasingly competitive with traditional models. Modern electric jet skis can reach speeds comparable to gasoline jet skis, with top models achieving speeds of up to 75 miles per hour and offering usage times of about one to two hours on a single charge.

Despite these advancements, several challenges remain. The primary concern is the limited range and long charging times compared to the quick refueling of gasoline jet skis. This can be a significant drawback for users looking to spend extended periods on the water. However, ongoing battery capacity and charging infrastructure improvements gradually overcome these hurdles. For instance, the development of rapid charging stations at marinas and popular water sports locations is beginning to mitigate these issues.

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As the technology continues to evolve, the future of electric jet skis looks promising. With advancements in battery technology, such as solid-state batteries that offer higher energy density and faster charging times, the performance and convenience of electric jet skis are expected to surpass those of traditional models.

Let’s look at six of the electric jet skis that have been making waves in the industry so far.

About the Author(s)

Jake Hertz

Jake Hertz is an Electrical Engineer, Technical Writer, and Public Relations Specialist. After he received his M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Rochester, he spent three years working as an Electrical Engineer at MakerBot Industries. 

As a writer, Jake is well known for his frequent contributions to various engineering websites, where he has garnered readership in the tens of thousands. Through his business, NanoHertz Solutions, Jake works with cutting-edge companies in the hardware and semiconductor space to build industry buzz and awareness through Public Relations and Technical Writing services.

As an engineer, Jake now works with numerous startups to help develop their hardware products. He is also a Co-Founder of Origin Labs, a NYC-based design firm for tech startups in the hardware space.

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