The Taiga Orca is an electric PWC concept from Canada. The electric jet ski is developed by the company Taiga Motors which already developed an e-snowmobile.
Yes, Taiga’s first electric vehicle was an electric snowmobile. This is actually surprising, since a snowmobile is usually operated in freezing temperatures and lithium ion batteries do not work well in freezing conditions. On the other hand, a good challenge to design an electric jet ski in the next step.
The Taiga Orca is only available for pre-order so far. For 1,000 USD you can reserve the e-jet ski from Canada. The final price is said to start at $24,000 USD plus tax and shipping in the carbon fiber version. However, there is also supposed to be an entry-level model starting at 15,000 USD with a 100 USD down payment. The company is still vague about an exact delivery date. It shall be in summer 2021. Pre-orders should be taken with a grain of salt, as we have seen many disappointed customers with Jetboards and eFoils. Some of them who have paid via Kickstarter or to the manufacturer directly either received their board up to three years late or never at all. No manufacturer should take money before a delivery date is set. Not even if it is a futuristic electric PWC.
The Taiga Orca promises a top speed of 104 km/h and a range of up to 60 km. At the same time, they talk about up to 2 hours of riding time. So that would correspond to an average speed of 30 km/h. So rather a gentle cruising 😉
The electric jet ski has GPS, LTE, Wifi and Bluetooth connections. This can be used, for example, to upload software updates and configure various parameters via the app. The powertrains are said to be maintenance-free for three years. Taiga wants to offer 2 models:
Taiga Orca Sport
The Sport model reaches a top speed of 90 km/h with 120 hp. The 20 kWh battery is said to offer a range of 50 km. With a length of 3 meters, a width of 1.2 meters and a height of 1 meter, the Sport model can accommodate 2 adults. Charging time is said to be 3 hours with the 6.6 kW power supply. However, there is also talk of a fast-charge mode that is supposed to charge to 80 percent in 20 minutes. It is not clear whether a separate power supply is needed for this.
A 7-inch high definition display informs the rider aboutr all the important data while driving. There’s a 57-liter waterproof storage compartment and an optional fish finder. The Taiga Sport is available in three colors: white, blue and black.
The Performance eJetski from Taiga Motors hits a top speed of 104 km/h with 180 hp. A 25 kWh battery is supposed to offer a range of 60 km. Although the dimensions are identical to those of the Sport Model, they are talking about 2-3 person loading capacity here. For the Performance Model there is also an optional tow package for wakeboarders or water skiers. All other specs the same as the Sport model.