Rhode Island-based startup Flux Marine made its debut with a new electric outboard at the Newport International Boat Show in September and came away as the winner of two Newport for New Products Awards, Best Green Product and Best New Boating Operation, Maintenance or Safety Product.”
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The company started in 2017 as thesis work in electric marine propulsion by Ben Sorkin at Princeton University. In 2018, Flux Marine was founded and Sorkin was joined by fellow Princetonian Jonathon Lord and Daylin Frantin of Boston University.
For a $100 deposit, a consumer can reserve a 15-, 40 or 70-hp electric outboard from Flux for hte summer of 2022. The 15-hp model makes peak power of 30 hp and weighs 75 lbs. (34.02 kg). MSRP is $4,000 plus a battery and includes a 5-year warranty. The 40-hp Flux makes a peak of 60 hp and weighs 105 lbs. (47.63 kg). Retail price is $6,500 plus the battery. Finally, the Flux 70 has a peak output rating of 115 hp and weighs 130 lbs. (58.97 kg). Each engine comes with a remote throttle with a display and power tilt and trim.
Flux Marine offers fully rigged boat and engine packages. A 13.06’ (3.98 m) rigid hull inflatable with a beam of 5.83’ (1.78 m) can be paired with the 60-hp outboard in the Standard package. The boat has an estimated range of 30 miles and the retail price starts at $35,000. Bump up to the Extended Range model with the 70-hp Flux outboard and the range increases to 40 miles and the price goes up to $50,000.
Step up in size to a 21’6” (6.55 m) Scout Dual Console. The Standard boat can be powered by a 70-hp Flux and has a range of 50 miles. Pricing starts at $100,000. The Extended Range version is powered by a 100-hp Flux outboard and has a range of 75 miles with a retail price starting at $120,000.