European midrange outboard launch

Evinrude claims its E-TEC engines are the least polluting engines available on the market Evinrude claims its E-TEC engines are the least polluting engines available on the market

Outboard motor manufacturer Evinrude used the recent Genoa Boat Show to launch its new range of E-TEC® G2® engines on the European market.

With a press conference during the 2019 Genoa Boat Show, Evinrude also launched a 7-year warranty on every Evinrude E-TEC outboard motor over 25 hp.

Those motors, meant to re-enter the mid-range outboard market, bring with them several small revolutions, thanks to the introduction of the most advanced technologies usually available only on higher hp segment and unseen, says Evinrude, on any competitors’ products.

The new E-TEC G2 engines are available in three versions: K115 H.O., K140 and K150. They share the same architecture: a 1.9 litre inline 3-cylinder block with 2-stroke direct injection. They carry over the latest and cleanest technologies from the larger V6 E-TEC G2 engines, launched 2 years ago. The engines feature electronical shift and throttle, automated trim system, integrated Dynamic Power Steering, and more choices of colour customization.

Evinrude claims its E-TEC engines are the least polluting engines available on the market, with up to 99% less Carbon Monoxide at idle and trolling speed, the fewest Hydrocarbons and Nitrogen Oxide (HC+NOx) released in the atmosphere and the lowest exhaust emissions of any combustion engine. Evinrude also makes the point that it only sells low emissions engines around the world, even in countries where there is no regulation in place and high emission engines are allowed.

Evinrude also took the opportunity of the Genoa Boat Show, the most important event for the Italian boating sector, to update Italian media on the regulatory issue related to the licensing requirements for 40HP outboard engines. The recently revised Italian nautical code now requires a license for boats fitted with a 2-stroke engine below 30kW (or 40.8 hp) and all engines above 750cc.  As the only brand negatively impacted by this new provision (as the only brand producing 2 stroke engines), Evinrude says it is working closely with UCINA and the Italian authorities in order to have this provision revised as quickly as possible, and hopefully before the end of this year. UCINA has explicitly stated that it is actively engaged in the revision of the Nautical Code.

By Jake Frith

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