Load up the 230 E with passengers and have a wakeboarder take the tow line, and the boat performs much like its gas-powered twin. Though comparable to only a 215 hp gas engine, the LTSmarine motors pulled pro wakeboarder Kyle Rattray through multiple sets with little discernible difference, consuming 124 kW at 24 mph. The lower equivalent horsepower isn’t an issue because, unlike a gas engine’s, the maximum torque of an electric motor is available immediately. Peak speed is 34 mph, but this is a wakeboard boat, not a go-fast.
Nautique’s challenges with the 230 E are range of operation and time to charge. LTSmarine fabricates its own 39.4 kWh lithium-ion battery packs, which are banked in two pairs aboard this boat. They’re heavy, but Nautique notes a motor and one battery pack are comparable to a gas engine powertrain and a full fuel tank. The battery bank adds about 1,000 pounds. The proof-of-concept 230 E is estimated to produce enough power for four wake “sessions,” or about 45 to 60 minutes of run time. Recharge time is currently about four hours.
Comparable model: Super Air Nautique 230