We can’t wait to aboard the VonMercier Arosa electric hovercraft
From sci-fi to real life, the VonMercier Arosa electric hovercraft has always been a dream of VonMercier CEO Michael Mercier. Now his vision has come into production as the battery-electric Arosa raised $111,000 through a crowdfunding campaign in December.
When Mercier was a teenager, he subscribed to the Boys’ Life magazine. While digging through the pages, he found a DIY instructional guide to build his own air cart.
“It was the kind of magazine where you could get X-ray glasses, sea monkeys. That sort of thing,” said Mercier to Robb Report. “But there was also a recipe for an air cart where you just needed a round sheet of plywood, an old vacuum cleaner, and a strip of shower curtain material. I was able to put my little sister on it out in the garage and move it around. My mind was just blown.”
Mercier created more complex versions of the air cart for science fairs. Even as he pursued mechanical engineering in college and advanced to business roles in product development, the idea of creating a more improved hovercraft was always a goal he held in his heart.
Three electric engines allow the VonMercier Arosa electric hovercraft to go six to eight inches above the ground, and can travel on gravel, grass, snow, sand, and water. Although its cruising speed is 20 mph, the Arosa has a max speed of 50 mph, as well as an 80-mile range from three hours of charge and a 500-pound payload.
The design of the VonMercier Arosa electric hovercraft includes a carbon fiber hull, a three-seat open cockpit, and an optional teak deck with a ladder for access to the water. Only 25 models will be produced by VonMercier this year, with production expected to rise in 2024. Reservations for the $200,000 Arosa are available now with a deposit of $1,000.