Taiga Motors is attending the Miami Boat Show with its new Orca Carbon, the industry’s first electric personal watercraft. Taiga recently started delivering its vehicles to Florida, a key market for the company due to the widespread watersports culture and welcoming EV adoption. The company is working to reinvent the powersports landscape with electric off-road vehicles including the personal watercraft and electric snowmobile models.
The Taiga Orca Carbon runs on a lithium-ion battery system that powers a direct-drive pump and impeller capable of producing a reported 160 hp. The batteries are in a sealed unit that’s designed to withstand the wet environment as well as slamming through rough water. The Orca Carbon uses a lightweight carbon-fiber composite hull.
The vehicle has already earned some media accolades. Time magazine selected the Taiga Orca as a “Best Invention of 2022.” Popular Science called it a Grand Award Winner in its “100 greatest inventions of 2022.” And Boating Magazine named it a runner-up in its Boat of the Year honors.