ZeroJet participated in our second Yachting Ventures accelerator program back in 2021, and is a valued member of the YV Community.
Inflatable RIB manufacturer Highfield Boats has entered into a new supply agreement with Auckland, New Zealand-Based ZeroJet that will incorporate the company’s second generation electric water jet propulsion system into a range of Highfield’s smaller tenders beginning with the 2024 model year.
”We are really excited to be working with an innovative company like ZeroJet, who are so committed to developing and building electric jet systems,” said Highfield Boats CEO, Julien Carussi. “We see so many possibilities to meet the growing demand for sustainable boating by launching a range of high-performing electric jet RIBs which are designed to enhance the on-water experience for customers.”
Carussi notes that the company will announce further details on the ZeroJet-powered models in early 2023. Over the coming year, both companies will be working together to promote the new electric jet RIBs.
“After the success of our first electric propulsion system last year, we are thrilled to be launching our new system with Highfield,” said ZeroJet CEO, Bex Rempel. “Partnering with such a prominent boat builder helps to accelerate the industry towards an electric future and provides customers with a range of RIBs which are fun, safe and sustainable.”
Founded in 2015 by Rempel and business partner Neil Mans, ZeroJet initially focused on producing electric-powered jet boards before pivoting in 2019 to focus on electric jet systems for small boats with the goal of eliminating ICE propulsion on small watercraft. The company’s current jet pump system provides equivalent thrust to a 20 horsepower ICE outboard, making it suitable for use in a wide range of smaller RIBs for recreational or tender applications.
ZeroJet has recently embarked on an international growth strategy while investing in R&D to develop electric jet systems for larger tenders. The firm successfully raised Series A funding in July in order to capitalize on early-to-market advantage, drawing investment from venture capitalists and a range of climate tech funds.
Credit: IBI News.