Dear friends,
While we are working on the improvements of our PowerPod, conducting tests, trying to make our product user-friendly, safe and reliable, we decided to share with you the latest news, as well as the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Today we will talk about the electric version of the PowerPod.

We are often asked the following questions:

Do you have an electric version? It would be great if the PowerPod was on batteries!

It goes without saying that an electric paramotor looks very attractive.

An electric motor has a lot of benefits:

  • Easy to operate
  • Doesn't require maintenance
  • No fumes and noise
  • Environmental friendly

So why are internal combustion engines used instead of electric motors in paragliding?

Simple answer: PowerPod with our advanced and compact engine is 4 times better, it allows you to fly much higher and much farther than its electric counterpart.

  • 4X more operating time at full power
  • 4X more operating time of horizontal flight
  • 2X lighter
  • Much more safety with a small propeller diameter
  • More glide with better aerodynamic quality

Complex answer: The reason is the low energy density in batteries compared to gasoline. One kg (or 2.2 lbs) of gasoline contains 13,000 Wh of energy, and a kilogram of battery contains 230 Wh. The difference in capacity is 5500%! Even if we take into account the lower efficiency of the internal combustion engine, the difference will be more than 10 times.

We considered implementing an electric drive, but we had to postpone this idea due to several technical reasons. One of them is the weight of the batteries.

Equivalent energy sources for 35 min operation

Electric motor

1000 elements
49 kg

Internal combustion engine

4.7 liters of gasoline
3,5 kg

Let’s do some calculations


Li-Ion 18650 cells have a high weight-to-power ratio, they are widely used, including in Tesla electric vehicles. Engine power 19 kW (25 hp), average rate of climb 1.7 m/s for a pilot of 80 kg in standard ground atmosphere.


of 18650 cells
Weight of battery
assembly, kgs
Max operating time
of climbing, minutes
Total harness weight,
286 14 10 23
428 21 15 30
571 27 20 36
857 41 30 50
1713 82 60 91

All in all, the electric version will be beneficial only for a very short flight, less than 8-9 minutes, that gives just 800 meters or 2700 feet of altitude.

Let's compare

PowerPod, 20 kg
+ 7 kg of fuel (59 lbs)
Similar PowerPod
with electric motor, 27 kg/59 lbs
Operating time at full
power, min
60 4X times better 13
Operating time of
horizontal flight, min
120 4X times better 26

The basic concept of our PowerPod is thermal flights. But the possibility of finding a thermic increases with climbing which is equal to energy reserve.

To improve the characteristics of an electric paramotor, you will have to significantly increase the diameter of the propeller (and hence the weight and production price), but this conflicts with the concept of the PowerPod.

A number of technical issues arises with an electric motor:

More heat dissipation requires more cooling
Safety problem with Li-Ion batteries
A large battery assembly occupies a lot of space and affects heavy weight.
Large propeller diameter


Modern battery technologies make it inefficient to use an electric-motor for the PowerPod concept. Our goal is to offer the market the first pod harness with a built-in paramotor and advanced aerodynamics which allows making thermal flights in any place even without hills, mountains and winches.

It's important for us to know your opinion. With all that said, are you interested in an electric powered PowerPod with a power reserve for a total lift of about 1100 m (3500 feet)?

Sincerely yours, Fulcrum Team

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