Electric Water Craft: Free Form Factory GRATIS X1

05/26/2017
Melvyn Teillol-Foo

Electric Vehicles at Sea?

It is now common to find road-based electric vehicles (EV) on our city streets. Every major car manufacturer is making at least one model: Toyota, Nissan, Kia, Mitsubishi, Fiat, Chevrolet, BMW, Mercedes Benz, etc.

I’m no longer surprised to even find them in my rural neighbourhood, where we have more sheep than humans! ūüôā

With favourable tax breaks and government incentives as well as improving battery life and performance, even your regular man-in-the-street is willing to try one. Here I am; scaring myself¬†with a Tesla S P90D in Ludicrous mode…

Tesla S P90D timed by TAG Heuer

The electric vehicle trend is fast becoming the norm on the ocean as well.

AlphaLuxe recently reported on the eFoil [click]

Whereas the eFoil has yet to announce a price or deliveries, here is an electric water craft that is already available.

Free Form Factory Gratis X1   US$18,000

Free Form Factory GRATIS X1

‚Äú The Gratis X1 is set to flip water sports on its head. As a professional rider, torque is one the greatest assets to have in a stand-up ski. With the Gratis X1, that instantaneous torque is always there when I need it. There is no need to constantly feather the throttle to find that sweet spot. I can now do tricks with greater ease and confidence.‚ÄĚ
-Brandon Lawlor, Professional Rider

Brandon Lawlor in Action

The Free Form Factory Gratis X1 [click] is the world‚Äôs first electric, stand-up personal watercraft (PWC) brought to market. They don’t like you to call it an electric jet-ski but that’s what it is, in function.

 

GRATIS X1

 

What do you get for your money?

 

GRATIS X1 HULKLITE‚ĄĘ construction material

The Gratis X1 is a high performance (40 knots) PWC free of fuel, noise and emissions. Unlike combustion engine PWC, electric water craft may be allowed on many waterways with environmental sound and emission limits.

 

ZERO Motorcycles Z-Force¬ģ 46 HP electric drivetrain

Compared with typical rider usage time of a gasoline-powered PWC, the Gratis X1 ride time on the built-in power pack is up to 45 minutes and up to 1 hour with the additional 3.3 kWh power pack. You can charge it using standard home electric plugs and portable generators. The standard on board charger takes approximately 3 hours to fill the integrated 6.6 kWh power pack and approximately 4 hours in total when you add the extra 3.3 kWh add on power pack.

Power packs, Motor and Controller

The powertrain is derived from¬†ZERO Motorcycles‚Äô proven Z-Force¬ģ 46 HP electric drivetrain. All of the torque is available instantly for peak acceleration.¬†On a Gratis X1, the environment is free of petroleum exhaust produced from a two-stroke or four-stroke combustion engine.

GRATIS X1 Red

The hull, deck, drivetrain tray, and hood, are all made with Free Form Factory‚Äôs proprietary manufacturing process and material, HULKLITE‚ĄĘ, which¬†allows the Gratis X1 to be light (380 lb / 173 kg) but¬†more durable than a comparable stand up PWC. The body is 4 times stronger than fibreglass PWCs.

GRATIS X1 Grey

Designed with sustainability at the core of creation, the entire deck and hull components are 100% recyclable, manufactured with the highest of green standards. Trim and excess material is reused to build the next Gratis X1 hull and deck.

GRATIS X1 Orange

 

GRATIS X1 Hi-Visibility

 

Dynamic LED headlights come as standard for increased safety and visibility.

LED Lights

Finally, and they¬†take pride in this:¬† “Every Gratis X1 is made in America.”

 

 

 

Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)

Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.

Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).