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Posted on March 20, 2017

Electric personal watercraft hits the market

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Water sports enthusiasts of all levels looking to ride waterways off limits to gas-powered personal watercrafts will now have the freedom to ride where they could never go before, with the new electric-powered Gratis X1 from Free Form Factory.
 
With no fuel, no sound and no emissions, the Gratis X1 is an easy-to-ride personal watercraft that 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."
 
Free Form Factory has built the Gratis X1 with the ability to be charged anywhere with a standard 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.
 
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Using Zero Motorcycles proven Z-Force® drivetrain technology and Free Form Factory's patented manufacturing process and proprietary HULKLITETM polymer material makes the Gratis X1 the world's leading personal watercraft with the environment and performance in mind according to its creators. "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." From start to finish, sustainability is at the core of creating the Gratis X1. The entire deck and hull components are 100% 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, durable 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. According to Free Form Factory, Gratis X1 is the world's first electric, stand-up personal watercraft available to both recreational and professional water sports enthusiasts. The Gratis X1 will change the future of personal watercraft (PWC) by combining the Zero Motorcycles proven drivetrain technology and with Free Form Factory's patented manufacturing technology and HULKLITETM polymer material.
 
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Source and images: Free Form Factory
Learn more at the next leading event on the topic: Energy Independent Electric Vehicles 2017 External Link on 27 - 28 Sep 2017 in TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands hosted by IDTechEx.