Pure Watercraft

The Seattle-based company has been around since 2011 and now claims a post-money valuation of $600 million (that’s valuation after investments). It employs 55 people.

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The company is now accepting deposits on an electric outboard motors system that includes one or two batteries and a throttle control box. It is also offering boats from a number of manufacturers with the system preinstalled.

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According to the press release from GM, the automaker wants to combine Pure Watercraft technology and experience in the marine industry with its supply chain and manufacturing capabilities to accelerate the commercialization of electric watercraft:

The Pure Outboard from Pure Watercraft uses groundbreaking efficiency to benefit a boat’s performance while reducing environmental pollution, and boasts much lower operating cost and maintenance than traditional marine propulsion systems.

“Our mission is to enable a new era in boating,” said Andy Rebele, founder and CEO of Pure Watercraft. “This joint effort with GM is expected to enable us to make significant technological advancements in range and charging, while achieving volume production.”

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The electric outboard motor system is priced at $16,500 (broken down as $8,500 for the battery pack, $6,000 for the motor itself, and $2,000 for the charger), for a 50 horsepower equivalent motor. Range will vary by application and the company says to contact them for “personalized range and battery state-of-charge data.”

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The North American market is the fastest-growing market in the world for electric boats, forecasted to be worth $9 billion by 2026.