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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
ICAST 2015: Minn Kota Announces EO - New Electric Outboard Motors
The new Minn Kota® EO is an electric outboard motor designed for use in both freshwater and saltwater. It is available in two models: EO ½ HP which is powered by a single 12V deep-cycle marine battery, and the EO 1 HPwhich is powered by a two-battery 24V system.
In the past, recreational boaters relied on small gas outboards for pushing johnboats, canoes, kayaks, dinghies and tenders. These motors have the necessary power, but they’re expensive, noisy and not allowed on gas-restricted lakes.
For dependable, quiet and clean power, the innovative Minn Kota EO is engineered exclusively for outboard performance. The lower unit and all electronics have been built and tested to run hard at high speeds for extended periods of time without overheating. And Minn Kota engineers dialed in the design to make sure you get the most power and run time out of your motor. When starting the day with fully charged batteries, boaters will have up to nine hours of continuous run time at half speed. To ensure you make it back to the dock, the motor’s Push-to-Test Battery Meter gives you instant “state of charge.”
In addition to variable speed control, the Minn Kota EO features a 36-inch adjustable shaft, a Tilt/Extended Tiller and an adjustable clamp-on stow/deploy bracket. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the EO ½ HP is $799.99 and the EO 1 HP is $899.99. Shipping will begin in October 2015.