Zero Electric Powertrains Being Used Inside A New PWC


The new electric-powered Gratis X1 personal watercraft is now available to order through Free Form Factory’s website.

“We are thrilled to unveil the world’s first electric, stand-up personal watercraft. With the Gratis X1, riders will experience a powerful, fun and quiet ride on some of the most pristine waterways on earth,” said Founder and CEO of Free Form Factory Jordan Darling. “Free of the restrictions imposed on gas-powered watercraft, the Gratis X1 gives riders of all levels the ability to explore lakes, rivers and oceans they could only dream about riding before.”


To ensure riders get the most of each trip to the water, Free Form Factory has built the Gratis X1 with the ability to be charged anywhere with a standard 110v electrical outlet or with a propane-based generator.

In line with typical rider usage time of a gas-powered PWC, the Gratis X1 ride time featuring the integrated power pack is up to 45 minutes and up to 1 hour, with the additional 3.3 kWh power pack.

“Access and ease of use are two very important requests from riders of personal watercrafts. No other PWC offers you the freedom to choose where you want to ride, when you want to ride and how to charge your ride, like the Gratis X1,” said Darling.

The new PWC uses Zero Motorcycles’s Z-Force drivetrain technology and Free Form Factory’s patented manufacturing process and proprietary HULKLITE polymer material.

“We are proud that Free Form Factory has chosen Zero’s Z-Force powertrain for the Gratis X1,” said Jim Callahan, director of business development for Zero Motorcycles. “We are excited to help provide water sports enthusiasts with an exhilarating emissions-free experience.” When asked whether this is the start of more products being powered by Zero powertrains, Callahan commented, “We’re always looking for projects that would be a perfect fit for the Zero powertrain. Since jet skis are like motorcycles for the water, this was a perfect fit. Are we going to see other mass-produced products powered by Zero? Hell yes!”

The deck and hull components of the Gratis X1 are 100 percent recyclable while the trim and excess material from Free Form Factory’s patented thermoform process is reused to build the next Gratis X1 hull and deck.

“Every step of the manufacturing process is modeled with the highest of green standards possible in mind, with superior performance. We believe it is important to reduce our negative impact on the environment and we are determined to reach our goal of zero waste,” said Darling.

The lightweight polymer deck and hull allows for the Gratis X1 to support the weight of the battery while remaining the same weight as an average stand-up personal watercraft.

Every major component of the Gratis X1 is built in the United States. Final assembly is completed in Sacramento, California. Price for the Gratis X1 starts at $17,990, and deliveries are expected by Q4 2017.

For more information, visit www.ridefreeform.com.

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