In Focus: Mercury Marine partners with Chinese firm to expand electric line

Mercury Marine has entered into an agreement with JJE, an electric propulsion leader in components, assemblies and systems for global automotive applications.

This partnership, says Mercury Marine, will allow it to expand its portfolio of electric propulsion solutions, advancing to higher power electric systems.

“We are excited to engage with JJE as we co-develop and produce the next evolution of high voltage propulsion systems for marine and broaden our ACES strategy globally,” says Perissa Bailey, Mercury Marine vice president of e-Solutions.

“JJE has a rich history of working with established companies within the automotive industry globally, and we are looking forward to this new partnership that will continue to strengthen Mercury’s leadership position in electric propulsion.”

With this new partnership, Mercury Marine aims to utilise its full set of capabilities in noise vibration and harshness (NVH), hydrodynamics, propellers, controls and more to deliver high performance, reliable electric products.

“We are very excited to collaborate with the global leader of the marine industry to jointly advance the electrification of marine propulsion,” adds Scott Taylor, general manager of JJE North America. “This long-term partnership will establish both companies’ leading position in this new electric drive space. It is by combining our capabilities in motor systems, marine propulsion, and customer experience that we can set the standard for the industry.”

Currently, JJE works with companies like Stellantis, Allison Transmission and other leading brands, leveraging the company’s leadership and expertise in electric motor and inverter development in automotive and commercial vehicle industries.

Mercury Marine has already committed to the production of five 48V electric Avator propulsion systems in lower power ranges, unrelated to the agreement with JJE.

2023 has already been a busy year for Mercury Marine, with a new president and a new outboard and propeller for Mercury Racing.

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