Tohatsu Corporation and Ilmor Marine Unveil Electric Outboard Partnership

Two marine propulsion leaders leverage technology.
Tohatsu 6kW electric outboard
This Tohatsu 6kW electric outboard is the first in a new line resulting from a collaboration with Ilmor. Courtesy Tohatsu

The collaboration between Tohatsu, founded in 1922, and Japan’s oldest outboard maker, and Ilmor, leader in propulsion technology, centers around the creation of a premier line of electric products that will set a new standard. The first in line is a 6kW outboard. This electric outboard offers integrated tilt and trim, a gauge-style touch screen for centralized system operations, and multiple variants in both shafts and props. Leveraging Tohatsu‘s heritage in marine propulsion and Ilmor‘s track record in engineering excellence, the partners are committed to delivering products that combine efficiency, power, and environmental sustainability.

“The partnership with Ilmor Engineering represents a significant milestone in Tohatsu’s journey,” said Tohatsu Corporation President, Isami Hyuga. “Together, we are embarking on a transformative venture to introduce an electric outboard that not only meets the expectations of our loyal customers but also sets new benchmarks for the industry. This partnership reflects our dedication to pushing the boundaries of innovation while staying true to the values that have defined Tohatsu for more than a century.”

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Tohatsu outboard running
The new Tohatsu outboard offers integrated tilt and trim, a gauge-style touch screen for centralized system, operations, and multiple variants in both shafts and props. Courtesy Tohatsu

Ilmor shares Tohatsu’s enthusiasm for this groundbreaking venture. “Joining forces with Tohatsu is an exciting opportunity for Ilmor to collaborate with a like-minded company that shares our values of performance, innovation, and environmental responsibility,” said Mike Lindberg, VP of Marine at Ilmor. “Together, we jointly aim to create products that not only meet but exceed the expectations of boaters around the world. Along with the entire team at Ilmor I share in the excitement of working with Tohatsu and what the future holds for both of our companies.” This partnership signifies a tremendous step forward in the evolution of marine propulsion technology, as both companies pool their collective strengths to address the growing demand for sustainable and efficient boating solutions. This collaboration is a testament to the shared vision of Tohatsu Corporation and Ilmor Marine to shape the future of marine propulsion. Stay tuned for further updates as Tohatsu and Ilmor work together to bring this groundbreaking electric outboard to the global market, combining tradition and innovation to propel the marine industry into a new era.

The products will be launched to the US, Canadian, and European markets in 2024.

About Tohatsu

Tohatsu Corporation is Japan’s oldest outboard manufacturer, producing high quality, durable outboard motors since 1956. Tohatsu America Corporation is the U.S. and Canadian distributor of Tohatsu Outboards, offering a full line of four-stroke outboard motors ranging from 2.5hp to 250hp. Recently celebrating 100 years of history, Tohatsu innovations have made waves that change the world. We are uncompromising in our pursuit of outboard motors that are both durable and as light as possible. We pursue the ultimate in quality to deliver an inspirational engine experience. Tohatsu America is a recipient of the NMMA’s Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award for the sixth consecutive year. This is our unwavering promise: to deliver a more refined and stimulating boating experience. See it. Hear it. Feel the Wind.

About Ilmor

Ilmor is a globally recognized provider of elite-level racing engines and marine propulsion systems. Ilmor delivers innovative solutions, precision design and manufacturing, and the highest levels of customer support for each one of its products. Today, Ilmor employs more than 150 engineering, assembly, and support personnel and has expanded into several racing circuits including IndyCar, NASCAR, and ARCA. Ilmor marine propulsion systems are widely utilized across the marine industry, providing the power behind several leading brands. Ilmor customers count on their engines to look like no other, sound like no other, and outperform all others.