Manta 5 ‘s revolutionary water e-bike

In a brilliant display along the Seine River in Paris, New Zealand-based company Manta 5 showcased their latest innovation, the Hydrafoiler SL3, during France’s premier tech event, VivaTech, in the summer of this year. This unconventional water e-bike offers a sustainable alternative for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers, all without leaving a trace of emissions or wake in its wake.

“The key point of difference is that our bike has no emissions, no wake. You don’t need a trailer. It’s super, super easy to ride. It’s all-around better,” said the head of marketing at Manta 5, Louis Wilks.

Technical specifications of Manta 5

At the heart of this aquatic equipment lies a 2.5kw electric motor and a Bluetooth ride and throttle controller, complemented by the groundbreaking “Easy Launch Technology“. A feature that allows riders to take off swiftly. Although its top speed of 20km/h may not rival a conventional jet ski, Louis Wilks emphasizes that the SL3 excels in various aspects.

“Yes, maybe you don’t go as fast, but you don’t need to go fast sounding like an absolute hooligan when you want to enjoy the coastlines and the lakes and rivers and also get a great deal of fitness as well,” he said.

Yet, this innovative water bike comes at a premium, with prices starting at €10,000. Wilks likened this cost to that of a high-end e-bike designed for roads. He pointed out, that the SL3 is customizable to accommodate riders of different sizes, making it a good investment for families. Beyond its performance, the Hydrafoiler SL3 is ingeniously designed for convenience. It can be effortlessly disassembled into five parts, allowing it to lie flat. Manta 5’s website proudly states that it can be stowed in any vehicle with the seats down or in the boot space of larger SUVs.

Merging technology with sustainability

This new feat of engineering prompts a series of intriguing questions about the intersection of technology and sustainability. Could this water e-bike revolutionize the water sports industry? The Hydrafoiler SL3 is an excellent example of how technology can transform traditional recreational activities into sustainable adventures. With zero emissions, the SL3 poses an alternative to other water-based transport. Is this the first step toward a future where carbon-free aquatic commutes dominate?

New ways for fitness enthusiasts

The SL3 offers a unique opportunity for fitness enthusiasts to explore waterways while working out. Is this a new trend in outdoor exercise? I have already formulated the idea of buying one, and I am sure I am not alone. People who love jet skis will definitely want to try the Hydrafoiler SL3 as it offers an eco-conscious mode of transport but also doubles as a fitness tool, potentially reshaping how we view exercise.

Furthermore, the e-bike’s versatility opens up exciting possibilities for multi-generational use, potentially transforming how families engage in recreational outdoor activities. In the face of mounting congestion and pollution in metropolitan centres, the potential emergence of compact, environmentally-friendly vehicles such as the SL3 in urban waterways could offer a promising alternative to conventional transportation methods. However, it’s essential to admit that navigating the regulatory landscape of urban waterways is very complex, signifying that there may be significant challenges ahead.

In an era where environmental consciousness is all around us, the Hydrafoiler SL3 is an excellent example of the marriage of innovation and sustainability. Its potential to reshape water-based recreation and transportation is exciting and raises crucial questions about the future of eco-friendly technology. What other awe-inspiring creations await us on the horizon?

Andrea Nyilas is a Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability Consultant and a Sustainability and Environmental journalist. She holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University, in addition to a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the Corvinus University of Budapest. She is particularly interested in circular economy, natural resource management, and waste reduction.