With a press conference during the Genoa Boat Show, the American outboard manufacturer has launched into Europe the new Evinrude E-Tec G2 3-cylinder engines, along with a 7-year warranty.
The new motors, meant to re-enter the mid-range outboard market, bring with them several innovations thanks to the introduction of some advanced Technologies usually available only on higher segments. Let’s see what we’re talking about.
First of all, the new Evinrude E-Tec G2 engines kinda derive from the larger V6 G2 units launched two years ago. Same look and same Technologies, on a smaller scale. The 3-cylinder motors are available in three powersteps, i.e. K115 H.O., K140 and K150. They share the same architecture: a 1.9 liter inline 3-cylinder block with 2-stroke direct injection.
As we mentioned, they carry over the latest Technologies from the V6 E-Tec G2 engines, already awarded by several prizes, like, to name one, the Red Dot Design Award. Some features are really new for the segment, as the 115 unit is the first in its class to have electronic shift and throttle, automated trim system, integrated dynamic power steering, and over 400 choices for the colors and graphics.
According to the data provided by the manufacturer during the press conference, Evinrude E-Tec G2 engines are the least polluting units 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.
The new engines were not a total news, as they were launched in USA some months ago and we had the spec sheets already. But, The Genoa press conference has been the stage for another news: from October 1st, all Evinrude outboard engines over 25 hp will carry a seven years warranty. It’s the longest warranty coverage offered on the market, and a good argument to convince the last skeptics about two-stoke engines.
Last but not least, and frankly quite expected by Italian boaters, Evinrude took the opportunity of the Genoa Boat Show to update Italian media on the regulatory issue related to the licensing requirements for 40 hp outboard engines. We report the exact words of the press release in order to be as clear as possible.
“The recently revised Italian nautical code now requires a license for boats fitted with a 2-stroke engine below 30 kW (or 40,8 hp) and above 750 cc. Only brand negatively impacted by this new provision, Evinrude is working closely with Ucina and the Italian authorities in order to have this provision revised in the briefest delays, and hopefully before the end of this year. The Italian Minister of Transportation and Ucina highlighted the issue during the opening ceremony of the Genoa Boat Show, with Ucina explicitly stating that they are actively engaged in the revision of the Nautical Code”.