OUR JOURNEY

2014

ZeroJet’s story begins in 2014 when our co-founders - entrepreneurs and outdoors-enthusiasts Bex and Neil - moved to Perth and opened the world’s first Jetsurf Experience Centre. Through buying, selling and renting out these Czech-made boards, they simultaneously realised a) how big the market was, and b) the negative impact these petrol powered, two-stroke motorised surfboards were having on the environment. During this time Bex made a video which went viral online, and it was further proof that there was an enthusiastic market waiting to be served.

It all began with Jetsurf motorised surfboards

2018

Fast forward to 2018, the team had carried out significant Research & Development on a bespoke jet pump design paired with electric motor and custom hull design using their hydrodynamic expertise. In other words, they produced a finalised design and a high-performing prototype: the world’s fastest electric jetboard, hitting speeds of 70km/hr.

Voltaic electric surfboard jumping in the air

2020

Despite the relative international chaos of 2020, it was a year of exponential growth for Bex, Neil and their team. After rebranding to ZeroJet and raising seed capital from investors, the team grew to 10 and managed to hit a number of key milestones, including: - completed a 3 month Startmate accelerator program - built the world’s lightest electric jet tender - developed a highly efficient jetpod system designed for 3m to 4m boats - formed an ongoing partnership with Offshore Cruising Tenders - launched publicly and started making sales to a very interested marine industry

Render of the 2020 electric jet tender

2015

But Bex and Neil decided to serve up something a bit greener; something to counteract the jetboards’ carbon footprint. So in 2015 they moved back to New Zealand and founded Voltaic Jetboards. After assembling a team of four engineers - all ex-Buckley Systems; a New Zealand success story making electromagnets for particle accelerators - the crew started work on a more environmentally-friendly alternative, and they spent the next two years developing high-performance electric jetboards.

Voltaic electric jetboard

2019

With such positive feedback about the impressive performance their electric jetboard was capable of, it was the interest of boat builders that ultimately influenced the team to pivot their business and focus purely on electric jet systems for boats. Although the opportunity was a daunting one, it was also a fantastic chance to make a much greater impact in the world. During this year the first prototype electric jet tender was designed and built - though it actually packed a little too much punch!

Electric jet systems for boats

2021 and beyond

Alongside the material and technical development journey of ZeroJet, some powerful comparisons have been made to the automotive industry, to gauge the impact of traditional petrol-powered outboard motors on the marine environment. In short, taking one 20hp four-stroke outboard off the water is the equivalent of taking 150 cars off the road - and that’s something we’re striving to have a hand in. Our plans include partnering with more boat builders, expanding internationally, and developing systems for larger 5m and 6m tenders, all working towards our ultimate audacious goal of eliminating the need for combustion engines on small watercraft.

ZeroJet founders with their plans for the future

2014

ZeroJet’s story begins in 2014 when our co-founders - entrepreneurs and outdoors-enthusiasts Bex and Neil - moved to Perth and opened the world’s first Jetsurf Experience Centre. Through buying, selling and renting out these Czech-made boards, they simultaneously realised a) how big the market was, and b) the negative impact these petrol powered, two-stroke motorised surfboards were having on the environment. During this time Bex made a video which went viral online, and it was further proof that there was an enthusiastic market waiting to be served.

It all began with Jetsurf motorised surfboards

2015

But Bex and Neil decided to serve up something a bit greener; something to counteract the jetboards’ carbon footprint. So in 2015 they moved back to New Zealand and founded Voltaic Jetboards. After assembling a team of four engineers - all ex-Buckley Systems; a New Zealand success story making electromagnets for particle accelerators - the crew started work on a more environmentally-friendly alternative, and they spent the next two years developing high-performance electric jetboards.

Voltaic electric jetboard

2018

Fast forward to 2018, the team had carried out significant Research & Development on a bespoke jet pump design paired with electric motor and custom hull design using their hydrodynamic expertise. In other words, they produced a finalised design and a high-performing prototype: the world’s fastest electric jetboard, hitting speeds of 70km/hr.

Voltaic electric surfboard jumping in the air

2019

With such positive feedback about the impressive performance their electric jetboard was capable of, it was the interest of boat builders that ultimately influenced the team to pivot their business and focus purely on electric jet systems for boats. Although the opportunity was a daunting one, it was also a fantastic chance to make a much greater impact in the world. During this year the first prototype electric jet tender was designed and built - though it actually packed a little too much punch!

Electric jet systems for boats

2020

Despite the relative international chaos of 2020, it was a year of exponential growth for Bex, Neil and their team. After rebranding to ZeroJet and raising seed capital from investors, the team grew to 10 and managed to hit a number of key milestones, including: - completed a 3 month Startmate accelerator program - built the world’s lightest electric jet tender - developed a highly efficient jetpod system designed for 3m to 4m boats - formed an ongoing partnership with Offshore Cruising Tenders - launched publicly and started making sales to a very interested marine industry

Render of the 2020 electric jet tender

2021 and beyond

Alongside the material and technical development journey of ZeroJet, some powerful comparisons have been made to the automotive industry, to gauge the impact of traditional petrol-powered outboard motors on the marine environment. In short, taking one 20hp four-stroke outboard off the water is the equivalent of taking 150 cars off the road - and that’s something we’re striving to have a hand in. Our plans include partnering with more boat builders, expanding internationally, and developing systems for larger 5m and 6m tenders, all working towards our ultimate audacious goal of eliminating the need for combustion engines on small watercraft.

ZeroJet founders with their plans for the future

OUR TEAM

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Bex Rempel

CEO

When Bex isn’t busy conjuring up ideas for yet another electric-powered project, it’s highly likely that our fearless leader can be found on, in or near the water. Despite growing up in a rural country town in Canada it’s the ocean that calls her, and the thrill of kitesurfing and kite foiling is what says “Bex” the loudest.

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Neil Mans

CTO

Neil loves building things. From jetboards to off-road buggies to RC helicopters, if it’s mechanical in some way, Neil is all about it. Creating, tinkering, building, this man is a creatively-minded engineering master who understands even the most complicated machines. You’ll also find him on the water kitesurfing, especially when it’s blowing 20 knots or more!

Zane Rowe

Zane Rowe

Lead R&D Engineer

Our R&D team leader Zane is a bit of a speed and adrenaline junkie, but we don’t seem to mind one little bit. Outside of the office he’s usually zipping up and down mountains enjoying various adventure sports, and when he needs a break from that he’s passionate about building all kinds of fast electric vehicles. That suits us just fine!

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Nick de Wit

Electrical Engineer

Another mechanical mastermind, Nick is happiest when he’s got his head under the bonnet of one of his classic cars - which he’s known to open right up along a back road at any given opportunity. He’s also a big fan of his furry companion Lottie, a golden retriever, and a bit of a whizz on roller skates as it turns out.

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Tim Goebel

Electrical Engineer

Tim fits right into our dedicated team with a love of kitesurfing, foiling and jet skiing. Not to mention he recently built his own e-foil! He’s a keen learner and loves to try new things, which is lucky because he recently became a new Dad too.

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Ross Whittaker

Mechanical Engineer

Ross is truly a wizard when it comes to problems that need solving, or solutions that need finding. His magical mind will effortlessly find the shortest and simplest solution that always makes sense. And he loves the colour pink. End of story!

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Mechanical Engineer

Russell is such an outdoors guy it’s a wonder we’ve been able to convince him to spend any time in the workshop, but we’re pretty sure we can forgive him. Having grown up in and around the ocean, he’s an avid boatie and surfer, and is adept at just about anything water-related - we trust his aqua knowledge implicitly.

Rory

Rory Gleeson

R&D Design Engineer

Rory is a keen sailor and loves the thrill of close yacht racing. He's our genius marine and composites engineer with an incredible ideas-generating, problem-solving mind. When he's not on the water, you'll find him racing downhill on his mountain bike!

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Laia Sastre

Support Services

Laia is our operations superstar. The cog that our engine needs. The engine that keeps the wheel turning. She loves reading, especially if it involves sipping a glass of red on the side, and is always up for a walk in our beautiful Aotearoa backyard.

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William A'court

Mechatronics Intern

William loves immersing himself in all sorts of engineering projects. Whether it's working on an electric race car at uni, building combat robots, or working on electric jet boats at ZeroJet, he can't get enough of a fun challenge!