“Recently there has been an opening in the market for outboard motors powered by electricity instead of gas. A couple of companies have started creating outboards mostly with small horsepower ratings. Although, there are a couple of new ones coming out that have over 70 horsepower.
But the real question is, is the gas or electric outboard better? Gas outboards are the better option for the majority of people, but many electric outboards perform just as well. Based on what’s on the current market, electric outboards are meant for people looking for a small horsepower rating (under 80hp).
Gas power is still a much more popular option and probably will be for a long time. Even though gas costs much more than electricity, the upfront for gas outboards is always cheaper.”
Read more comparing the two types of motors here.
Electric outboard engines have certainly come a long way. The main issue aside from the upfront cost is how expensive the batteries are. Furthermore, there are only a few models available with high horsepower. However, they are extremely quiet and do not need a lot of maintenance. Still, it’s hard to imagine gas powered outboard engines being overtaken any time soon.
The team at Robbinsdale Marine has a variety of used outboard engines for sale. We carry many major brands and even have rebuilds available. Call 763-533-0300 and ask about our inventory if you’re shopping for a replacement outboard engine.