2019-01-24 08:00Blog post

OXE Diesel, modular design for commercial marine market


The idea behind the design

When starting the OXE Diesel project the mission was to design high performance diesel outboards, built for the commercial users. The idea was to combine inboard reliability and diesel torque with the flexibility and replaceability of an outboard unit.

From an early stage the keywords were endurance, reliability, performance and control. These words became embedded in the development and thereby into the OXE Diesel. The result is the modular design of the OXE Diesel products.

Combining a modular layout with proven technologies (engine, gearbox, belt systems) has created an extremely durable product that is easy to work with both from a users and mechanics perspective.

The patented belt technology enabled the team to design a robust outboard unit that effectively transfers high torque from automotive or industrial diesel engines to the propeller with minimal transfer loss.

From decades of experience within diesel engines and transmissions the team aimed for quality and state-of-the-art design. This, together with leading Swedish manufacturers from the Marine, Automotive, Commercial and Aeronautical industry, has given the OXE Diesel a winning concept.

  • Use of horizontal automotive diesel engine with a proven design
  • Belt transmission from engine to gearbox with interchangeable gear ratio
  • Use of electro-hydraulically controlled gearbox
  • Patented high torque belt drive
  • Directly replaceable with outboard units in the same power range

Each part has its place

The diesel engine on the OXE Diesel is mounted horizontally; the power is then transferred to the gearbox through a primary belt. From the gearbox output a second belt transfers the power to the propeller shaft.

The engine is mounted on the adapter plate with four robust anti-vibration mountings to allow the unit to endure punishing commercial use and also to be quickly and easily replaced.

By using a modular design, the OXE has been built from the ground up with proven conventional technology.

All parts are easy to access and can be changed without having to disassemble the whole unit. Each part has its place.

About OXE Marine AB

At OXE Marine we are driven by the ambition to transform the outboard motor; impacting the journey towards a more sustainable and ecologically positive marine environment. We are passionate, knowledgeable, and reliable. Passionate to commit to innovation and excellence, knowledgeable to recruit and retain high-quality personnel, and reliable to commit to supplying safe, durable, and reliable products and services and to openness and fairness with all our stakeholders. OXE Marine believes in a strong collaborative approach between our teams and partners while being daring and persistent in our passion for excellence. OXE Marine was founded in 2012, and is the company behind a patented outboard transmission, enabling the use of high torque diesel engines on outboard systems and in sterndrive solutions.


Paul Frick
Paul Frick