National Geographic profiles Torqeedo

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Torqeedo’s efforts to be an environmentally friendly company have been recognized by National Geographic, which featured the electric outboard manufacturer in an episode of its TV series "Planet Mechanics."

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The series focuses on ways to lower energy consumption by utilizing the environmentally conscious technology of the future. The episode is entitled "Electric Water Taxi" and follows hosts Dick Strawbridge and Jem Stensfield as they travel to Venice, Italy, to save the city from the damaging effects of boat pollution. To achieve this goal, they build an eco-friendly water taxi that operates on a solar-powered motor.

Because of the need for an efficient drive capable of converting solar power into propulsive power, the hosts chose to use a Torqeedo Cruise motor and power lithium batteries on their water taxi. A strong outboard was needed to keep up with the flow of Venice's heavy water traffic. Using Torqeedo's high-power lithium batteries helped limit weight and increase space on the small boat.

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Torqeedo is based in Hawthorn Woods, Ill.

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