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Electric, stand-up personal watercraft (based on Zero parts)
« on: March 11, 2017, 10:14:53 AM »

Terry, Ben... anyone going to race for the 50th state?   (Recharging 70-100 times in the open ocean can't be that much harder than Montana)

I've  looked at JetSkis as equivalent to motorcycling in parking lots. 
So open ocean jetski as no less reasonable than cross country motorcycling.

What a delight then to see an Electric JetSki hoving into view.

http://ridefreeform.com/

The Gratis appears very familiar to the Zero rider, and Zero mechanic - so many parts are shared and hopefully waterproofing was shared back.

http://boatingindustry.com/news/2017/03/09/electric-stand-up-personal-watercraft-hits-the-market/

BY FREE FORM FACTORY
The new electric-powered Gratis X1 personal watercraft is now available to order through Free Form Factory’s website.
“We are thrilled to unveil the world’s first electric, stand-up personal watercraft. With the Gratis X1, riders will experience a powerful, fun and quiet ride on some of the most pristine waterways on earth,” said Founder and CEO of Free Form Factory Jordan Darling. “Free of the restrictions imposed on gas-powered watercraft, the Gratis X1 gives riders of all levels the ability to explore lakes, rivers and oceans they could only dream about riding before.”
To ensure riders get the most of each trip to the water, Free Form Factory has built the Gratis X1 with the ability to be charged anywhere with a standard 110v electrical outlet or with a propane-based generator.
In line with typical rider usage time of a gas-powered PWC, the Gratis X1 ride time featuring the integrated power pack is up to 45 minutes and up to 1 hour, with the additional 3.3 kWh power pack.
“Access and ease of use are two very important requests from riders of personal watercrafts. No other PWC offers you the freedom to choose where you want to ride, when you want to ride and how to charge your ride, like the Gratis X1,” said Darling.
The new PWC uses Zero Motorcycles’s Z-Force drivetrain technology and Free Form Factory’s patented manufacturing process and proprietary HULKLITE polymer material.
“We are proud that Free Form Factory has chosen Zero’s Z-Force powertrain for the Gratis X1,” said Jim Callahan, director of business development for Zero Motorcycles. “We are excited to help provide water sports enthusiasts with an exhilarating emissions-free experience.”
The deck and hull components are 100 percent recyclable while the trim and excess material from Free Form Factory’s patented thermoform process is reused to build the next Gratis X1 hull and deck.
“Every step of the manufacturing process is modeled with the highest of green standards possible in mind, with superior performance. We believe it is important to reduce our negative impact on the environment and we are determined to reach our goal of zero waste,” said Darling.
The lightweight polymer deck and hull allows for the Gratis X1 to support the weight of the battery while remaining the same weight as an average stand-up personal watercraft.
Every major component of the Gratis X1 is built in the United States. Final assembly is completed in Sacramento, California.
Price for the Gratis X1 starts at $17,990.
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Re: Electric, stand-up personal watercraft (based on Zero parts)
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2017, 03:28:18 PM »

It's so nice of Zero that they also sell their drive train separately, there is a lot of cool stuff being build with it.
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Re: Electric, stand-up personal watercraft (based on Zero parts)
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2017, 11:13:53 AM »

an electric standup ski? I love it, but talk about a SMALL market...
id take two if I could afford it, and they were not vaporware.
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Re: Electric, stand-up personal watercraft (based on Zero parts)
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2017, 11:39:31 AM »

wandering off-topic, I have thought a snow sled would be an interesting use of the Zero drive-train. There are some waterproofing issues there too. With a boat or a sled I'd suppose you can load it up with heavier batteries.
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Re: Electric, stand-up personal watercraft (based on Zero parts)
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2017, 11:51:42 PM »

wandering off-topic, I have thought a snow sled would be an interesting use of the Zero drive-train. There are some waterproofing issues there too. With a boat or a sled I'd suppose you can load it up with heavier batteries.

Could a snow-sled vehicle also be made to be roadworthy?

I imagine it would be lower and wider, more scooter-like.  Better aerodynamics in that configuration, eh? 

((Hmmm... maybe an electric jetski could be made roadworthy...))
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