Hobie Kayaks introduces the revolutionary new eVolve Series powered by a Torqeedo Ultralight 402 electric kayak motor. For the first time in kayak history, you are one touch away from quiet, clean, and efficient electric propulsion. Go for hours at a steady two knots or pour on the juice for a burst of speed. It's your call. This compact, German-engineered motor is custom designed with two different types of Hobie mounts to slip into your existing Hobie kayak. Quietly slip through the bass-choked shallows...Give your muscles a break during a lengthy bay cruise...Introduce a non-paddling friend to kayaking with power...The choice is yours. And with Hobie's new eVolve, you have more choices than ever. Two options available, one for the hard shell kayak series and one for the inflatable kayak series.
|Weight:||18 lb / 8.16 kg|
|Horsepower:||Approx. 1 hp Equivalent|
|Kayak Series v2 †||72022030||0792176523376|
Overall it's a good product. Easy to install but does require tools to cut holes etc. You can download the installation guide from Hobie's website to understand what's needed. On my Revo 11 I reached a top speed of 6mph on flat waters; light chop I reach 5.5mph; moderate chop 4mph. I travel mostly at mid speed which makes flats and coves I would not have pedal out to convienently accessible. Unlike Hobie's advertisement, the evolve is no where near silent or quiet. It's noisy. It's louder than some of my fishing pals trolling motors. My unit isn't defective, it has been confirmed by other evolve and Torqeedo Ultralight owners. Not a big deal in my opinion. I have it mounted on the rudder. The kit comes with parts so you can switch it between the mirage drive, rudder mount, or not use it.
The kit is easy to install and works great. The problem is the shaft seal fails and ruins the motor and gears if fishing line gets into the prop. The manufacturer does not cover this and they know it is a problem as they say they are developing a line cutter to help with this. The manufacturer told me they will not cover any damage due to fishing line but they are making a device to stop it. I have been in boats fishing for over 40 years with motors and never had seal damage due to fishing line. They have a problem and will not back up their product. I had to buy a replacement motor do to this. If you use one of these be sure and shut down as soon as you know your line has tangled in the prop and pull the prop and clear the line to prevent failure. It took me over 3 weeks to get an answer from the manufacturer on this problem and what they would do; they did nothing except admit the problem, and sell me a replacement motor for $600.
Bought the Toqeedo Evolve 2 years ago,,, First year enjoyed,, second year the connectors corroded even though I used a recommended spray on the connectors so I replaced the cables,,, Then Torqeedo recalls the battery and keeps me waiting 3 months for a replacement, because get this new battery has different cables so a adapter is now needed which was out of stock. So I spent 3 times what a trolling motor should cost and it sits unused while I wintered in the Florida Everglades. I had big plans to use it in Florida bay!
Ive been using this with my pro-angler for the last couple of weeks. Motor is super light and takes up less space than than the mirage drive and stores easily in the forward hatch when / if I decide to pedal. Battery life is excellent and I usually get about 12+ miles of range @ 3.8 MPH. Only reason for 4 stars is price, but Ive got no regrets.