Electric Jet Ski Provides Green, But Not Very Cheap, Thrills

Let’s be honest, swimmers and fishermen: there’s nothing more annoying than the whine of a jet ski as it cuts through the quiet of your day. Not to mention the smell of diesel, the carbon emissions and the knowledge that leaking gas is probably seeping into your favorite natural lake. The only problem being, jet skis are really fun–if you happen the be the person riding one. Enter the Green Samba by Silveira Personal Watercrafts.

This lightweight electric powered personal watercraft (PWC)–which comes to us via GreenMuze–boasts a top speed of 65mph with no noise and zero pollution from diesel or gas exhaust fumes. Power is provided courtesy of onboard batteries, and the body is constructed of carbon-fiber for a lightweight rigidity that contributes to its performance, on-par with the gas-powered 260bhp PWC.

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image via GreenMuze

No word yet on exactly how much this PWC will run you, but given the high price of electric boats at this time–not to mention the fact that the Silveira Company already produces 110bhp and 6obhp conventionally-powered PWCs ranging in price from US$17,000-$29,000–we can expect these fast and quiet thrills won’t come cheap.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.