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Electric Jetski


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One of the most adrenaline-rushing and interactive ways to travel on the water is on a jet ski. Since the invention of the jet ski (Trademarked as the wave runner)1, by Kawasaki in 1973, jet skis have been one of the most popular aquatic powersports of choice. One of the main challenges that jet skis present to consumers’ and researchers’ attention is the low efficiency and high emissions. On average, the most efficient jet ski ranges from twelve to fourteen miles per gallon with a total range of 150 miles at a cruising speed of 10 miles per hour. In addition to the poor efficiency of jet skis, researchers are concerned about the impact that low efficiency and high emission vehicles have on the environment. The last major challenge with the jet ski market is the noise that is produced by the internal combustion engine. Currently, combustion engine jet skis rank to be as loud as 115 Decibels. Thus, there is a major need for a more efficient and quiet jet ski with alternative options to refueling. As many automakers are planning to go fully electric by the year 2030, one of the best solutions is to renovate a fully gas-powered jet ski. The team set out to convert a 1997 Sea-Doo SPX into a fully electric working watercraft. In this report, the team will highlight the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of this challenge.

  • This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidence of completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely publishes these reports on its website without editorial or peer review.
  • E-project-042522-161312
  • 63476
  • 2022
UN Sustainable Development Goals
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  • 2022-04-25
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