Photon is iterating at the speed of light, always pushing for higher power and more utility on the water. Photon has birthed three prototype vessels in thirteen months with three new motor designs with countless tweaks and improvements folded in.
Electric motors are suitable for commercial operators with set routes and clarity about their usage
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The speed/torque in which we sailed through the Miami bay on a windy and choppy day was great; it made me feel safe and I could also envision our guests traveling on our zodiacs with a Photon Marine motor system in the (I hope) near future.
We developed a collaborative community to get the Photon Marine motor on the water in Miami to show potential customers what’s possible in the EV marine world.
TV reporter: "It is SO quiet and, obviously, without any exhaust there is also no smell. I’m on the back of the boat and I’m breathing easy. So, really fascinating to be on this and it’s hopefully a growing sector for those who are in the space, like Photon.”
Photon is committed to leading the commercial marine sector to healthier alternatives and will have a working product for sea trials at the marina and a strong booth presence in the convention center at the Miami International Boat Show.
Photon’s founding team is passionate about becoming the most trusted electric propulsion provider serving the most fragile ecosystems and communities around the world. And they have been successful at recruiting intelligent, creative, ambitious people to join the team.
Fortunately for Photon, we get the privilege of picking the brains of a mechanical MacGyver as we roll out the best customer experience in electric watercraft.
We believe in a world where smart meets clean. We believe that our oceans and waterways are vital to our planet, and that we MUST protect them.
The technology and processes that Photon Marine is developing for the marine industry are really exciting! I’m looking forward to working on the hardware and software solutions that Photon will be bringing to market.
People in the boating and fishing industries have deep, institutional knowledge across complex subject matter—ecology, ocean science, engineering, to name a few.
We believe in the mission and are excited by the technology. Also, the tangible markets that Photon has identified are compelling and without end. Combine that with a team that is crazy smart and dedicated and it wasn’t at all hard to decide to be part of this.
If the motor hadn’t failed so early in the process, we would have spent many weeks trying to hunt down the issue. Manufacturing errors will happen and, though the failure cause is external, the reaction is the same. Take stock of the situation, embrace the failure, discuss what we’ve learned and how we can move forward stronger.
Electric conversion of an outboard is more complex than just getting the powerhead out and fitting the motor. It’s about making sure the entire system works in harmony to have the best efficiency and consumer experience.
Seven companies walked away with checks totaling $665,000 from this year’s Bend Venture Conference. A big winner from the two-day investment conference was Portland-based Photon Marine, which collected $235,000. The company won one of the conference investments under the impact category snagging $45,000 from the BVC Impact LLC. It also landed a $150,000 investment from Elevate Capital and its Innovation Gap Fund II and $40,000 from Portland Seed Fund.
Summertime fun with Photon
Portland entrepreneur Marcelino Alvarez grew up on the water in South Florida, making his latest venture Photon Marine a homecoming of sorts. Photon Marine is building high-powered electric outboard motors for commercial boats. Think: the boats used for fishing, for transportation, for tourism. The goal is to electrify this portion of the maritime sector and help protect fragile ocean ecosystems.
Meet one of Photon's Business Development Associates from the Summer 2022 program, Vandana Agarwal
The time is now to transition vessels to electric propulsion. Photon’s Chief Strategy Officer Tara Russell shares some perspectives on the benefits and reasons for switching from gas to electric.
One our Business Development Associates, Elijah Grant, shares some insights from his experiences this summer working at Photon Marine.
Photon CTO Nick Schoeps shares his perspective on the complexities of EV propulsion on the water.
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Photon Marine, a new company whose principals include cruise industry veteran Tara Russell, is developing high-powered electric outboard motors for a wide range of commercial fleets.
Batteries SHOULD be boring. The Chevy Bolt has exciting batteries right now - nobody wants that. I went to The Battery Show in Novi, MI for the third time in 5 years and it was more boring than ever - which is GREAT! It’s boring even for someone who likes batteries (this guy right here - guilty nerd).