A great discussion . . . and any like it regarding innovative technologies that will positively affect boating/angling.
If nothing else, they are mastering the issues in Lithium so we could end up with much smaller batteries. That'd be a good thing if prices come down, too.
But, what I and others are excited about is the possibility of more reliable options in the propane-fueled outboards. Lehr came out with its propane outboards several years ago. Several of their smaller models have a receptacle for screwing in one of the 16 oz. green propane cannisters most of us are familiar with.
Instead of lugging around gasoline, for smaller HPs, you could just carry along a few of these, bigger outboards can be connected to larger propane tanks.
So, Lehr propane outboards are made in China and, based on what I have read by those who have bought and used them, they tend to be poorly made, have issues related to quality. But, the running of and burning the propane? No issue at all.
Now, Tohatsu, a Japanese brand with a pretty good reputation has entered the market. If they have designed a higher quality propane engine, these should become popular.
It'd solve so many issues related to crappy gas, clogged fuel lines, winterizing motors and more. They run very clean, too, so that is another positive.
Take a look here below.
Brad Propane powered outboards