eMogi – The first kayak with an integrated and hidden electric motor
While motorized kayaks have been around for years, most of them use an outboard motor attached to a traditional canoe, thus losing the shape of a real kayak. However, the Czech-made eMogi has an electric motor built in and hidden under the canoe, making it look like a regular kayak.
The eMogi sitting inside is 10.6 feet long by 2.3 feet wide (323cm long by 70cm wide). It includes a telescopic steering wheel in the front of the cockpit, a removable lithium-ion battery in the front, a control panel and a 1 kilowatt electric motor in the rear. This engine turns a propeller attached more or less to the keel.
Users engage the motor using a push button on the included wireless paddle shaft or by pushing a button on the steering wheel. The eMogi’s steerable rudder is controlled by turning the steering wheel or pressing the foot braces inside the kayak.
eMogi offers three speed levels in forward and reverse – with a top speed of 10.7 knots (12 mph or 20 km / h). In addition, customers can choose from four battery capacities, the highest (22.2 volts / 1340 Wh) offering up to seven hours of runtime from a 4 to 5 hour charge. However, this figure is only possible with the most powerful battery and with the lowest speed setting. For users who want to go on an adventure, the rear compartment can hold an extra battery and of course the kayak can still be paddled without the engine running.
The eMogi was originally designed to help paddlers move upstream. However, the electric kayak has many other applications including marine research, pace training, emergency response, getting fishermen quickly to fishing grounds, and opening the kayak to people with abilities. physical limitations.
According to its designers, the price of kayaks depends on the manufacturing method, the materials used and the configuration. Batteries, drive, controls and colors can be configured to customer preference.
If you want to own an eMogi, a base model with a 600 Wh battery, a paddle with remote control and a primary composite material will cost you around US $ 7,219 (€ 6,150). This particular configuration weighs 30 kg (66.2 lbs).
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