Torqeedo debuts new electric outboard

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Torqeedo said the Travel outboard is designed for small boats, dinghies and daysailers as large as 1.5 tons.

Torqeedo said the Travel outboard is designed for small boats, dinghies and daysailers as large as 1.5 tons.

Torqeedo released the Travel 1003 C, a longer-running version of the company’s best-selling electric outboard with an integrated lithium battery.

The Travel 1003 C has a 915 Wh battery — 73 percent more battery capacity than the standard Travel 1003 — at an almost identical weight.

Both Travel 1003 models offer the same performance as a 3-hp gasoline outboard engine, with thrust equivalent to 4 hp. The Travel is designed for small boats, dinghies and daysailers as large as 1.5 tons.

With a total weight of 33 pounds, including the integrated lithium battery, Torqeedo said the Travel 1003 C is the lightest and most efficient electric outboard in its class on the market, with a range of 18 nautical miles at a speed of 3 knots.

Like the entire Travel family, the Travel 1003 C comes standard with GPS and a digital readout that displays power consumption, battery status and remaining range (time or distance).

A USB socket charges a phone or powers a light. The TorqTrac app displays motor information on a smartphone or similar device and allows boaters to plan their trips in advance.

It has a travel bag to carry the engine, battery and foldable solar panel.

Torqeedo said the new Travel 1003 C is available for the 2017 watersports season with a short and long shaft version and is priced at $2,399.

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