Torqeedo signs propulsion deal with Privilege Marine

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Privilege Marine CEO Gilles Wagner (left) is shown with the future owners of the first Privilege Series 5 Hybrid Catamaran and Torqeedo's Ulf Kanne (right).

Privilege Marine CEO Gilles Wagner (left) is shown with the future owners of the first Privilege Series 5 Hybrid Catamaran and Torqeedo’s Ulf Kanne (right).

Luxury catamaran manufacturer Privilege Marine said it now offers hybrid electric propulsion and integrated energy management by Torqeedo.

Torqeedo said its Deep Blue Hybrid delivers electric propulsion and integrated energy management for leisure boat and commercial applications. The first Privilege Series 5 Hybrid Catamaran will feature a 2 x 50 kW inboard system.

Torqeedo said Deep Blue Hybrid provides emission-free electric propulsion and all house loads by harvesting renewable energy from solar cells and hydrogeneration. Torqeedo said its modular combination of standard components can be tailored easily to individual needs.

For long-range cruising, a 22 kW HV-DC converter generator is integrated into the system, which offers the same range as a yacht equipped with a combustion engine, Torqeedo said. It provides enough energy to power the motor and charge the batteries, if needed. As soon as the batteries are fully loaded, the generator turns off to offer quiet electric motoring for several hours a day at a moderate cruising speed.

Torqeedo said the combination of renewables, generator power and high-capacity BMW i battery storage allows owners to draw on an abundance of energy. Even air-conditioning systems can be operated without running a generator at night. A fully charged system delivers 20 nautical miles of noise-free motoring at 5 knots.

Deep Blue Hybrid’s nine-year battery limited warranty and worldwide service network are also advantages for Privilege yachts cruising the world.

Peter Went, future owner of Le Penseur, the first yacht of the Privilege Series 5 Hybrid Catamaran, is particularly fond of the Torqeedo system.

“The game-changer for me, looking at an integrated power system, is the hydrogeneration capability,” Went said in a statement.

The yacht will be launched early next year.

“Torqeedo has now lifted hybrid technology to a professional, industrial level by delivering an integrated system from one source,” Privilege Marine CEO Gilles Wagner said.

Privilege Marine was acquired by Aurelius, the parent company of Hanse Yachts, earlier this month.

Last autumn, Hanse and Torqeedo announced the Rudder Drive, another propulsion system that replaces the diesel engine, thruster and saildrive for sailboats as large as 40 feet.

The Rudder Drive marked the first time a large-scale yacht manufacturer has offered an industrially produced electric drive system as a factory option.

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