174-hp electric jet ski with instant boost and rapid charging

Viva Electric Jet Ski
Viva unveils its electric personal watercraft at the 2024 Helsinki Boat Show. Images courtesy Viva Electric Jets

In the realm of personal watercraft (PWC), a new contender has emerged from the Finnish startup Viva Electric Jets, promising an exhilarating and environmentally friendly ride across the water. Viva electric jet ski boasts an angular design that seems to have leaped straight out of a superhero’s garage, suggesting a blend of high performance and sleek aesthetics. With the promise of near 60 mph speeds and rapid charging capabilities, it’s poised to make a splash in the electric watercraft market.

Unveiled with much anticipation at the Helsinki boat show, following a teaser at the Düsseldorf Boat Show, Viva Electric Jets’ first foray into electric jet skis has garnered attention for several reasons. The company, under the leadership of founder and CEO Timo Kronqvist, emphasizes a combination of thrilling speed, environmental responsibility, and innovative design in their product. With a top speed of 58 mph (93 km/h) and a rapid charging time that reduces downtime significantly, the jet ski aims to offer a compelling alternative to traditional, gasoline-powered models.

The propulsion behind this impressive performance is the Almarin Jet system, which delivers instant acceleration thanks to its 130 kW (174-hp) output. This is complemented by a 27-kWh battery pack, ensuring up to 31 miles (50 km) of range on a single charge. For those eager to get back on the water, the fast charging capability can replenish the battery from 10 to 80 percent in just one hour with a suitable charger, although a full charge from a standard home outlet will take around 20 hours.

Viva Electric Jets plans to offer the PWC in various specifications, catering to different needs and preferences. The flagship GT model is a testament to the blend of speed and technology, featuring a lightweight carbon fiber hull and the full power of the 130-kW jet drive. For those looking for a more balanced offering, the Cruizer model scales back on power to 60 kW (80 hp) and opts for a fiberglass-composite hull, slightly heavier but still capable of impressive performance.

Viva Electric Jet Ski Specs
Viva intends to offer a range of specifications for its electric jet skis.

Both models share the same battery capacity, rapid charging feature, and a generous 500 liters of waterproof storage, making them versatile for various on-water activities. The Cruizer is currently available for reservation at €39,500 (approximately US$42,800), with the first deliveries expected in May 2024.

Comparatively, the Viva electric jet ski positions itself in a competitive landscape, notably outperforming some rivals in terms of price and performance. However, when compared to the market leader, the Taiga Orca, Viva’s offering is pricier, albeit with its unique features and specifications. The Orca series provides a similar speed and fast-charging capabilities at a more accessible price point, highlighting the competitive nature of the evolving electric PWC market.

Viva Electric Jet Ski Styling
The Viva electric jet ski features a V-shaped hull and sharp angular design.

As the industry moves towards more sustainable and eco-friendly options, the arrival of electric jet skis like Viva’s is a welcome development. These innovations promise to reduce the environmental impact of water sports, offering a silent, emission-free experience without compromising on thrill and performance. As more consumers become conscious of their environmental footprint, the demand for such electric watercraft is likely to grow, marking a significant shift in how we enjoy our time on the water.

Viva Electric Jet Ski Shipping
Viva is now accepting reservations for the Cruizer model, aiming to begin the first deliveries in May 2024.

Source: Viva Electric Jets