Electric propulsion provider Torqeedo unveiled a slew of new products and updates during a virtual press conference on Thursday, and highlighted the company’s vision for the future.
“We are the right company in the right market,” said Dr. Michael Rummel, one of the company’s managing directors, when asked about economic challenges in light of the global pandemic. “We are strengthening our organization internally, and we are further expanding and fostering our global footprint.”
Rummel joined Dr. Ralf Plieninger, Torqeedo’s other managing director, to discuss the company, its products and market opportunities.
Torqeedo will launch two new sail drive options — Deep Blue 50 SD and Deep Blue 100 SD, which are both the result of the partnership with ZF announced last year. The quiet, emission-free, fixed sail drives are completely integrated into Deep Blue’s advanced propulsion and onboard energy management systems.
The 50 kW and 100 kW sail drives are designed for speeds up to 30 knots for high-performance sailing and efficient hydrogeneration, keeping the system’s high-capacity batteries with BMW technology charged while under sail.
Like all Deep Blue and Deep Blue Hybrid systems, renewable energy from solar panels, wind or hydrogeneration can easily be integrated into the central system, along with a range extender for backup power.
The Cruise series of electric drive systems from 5 to 20 hp equivalents is getting some technical updates as well. For 2021, the Cruise 10.0 R outboard and the Cruise 10.0 FP will ship with Torqeedo’s TorqLink — initially developed for Deep Blue — now available for Cruise 10.0 motors, Power 48-5000 lithium batteries and premium Torqeedo throttles.
“TorqLink is a new interface between the components that makes it very easy to set up even a relatively complex electric or hybrid drive system. They all work on the same system, provide information on the same display, and work seamlessly together,” said Plieninger.
Building on the success of the direct drive Travel 1103, Torqeedo also announced a new addition to the Travel family — the Travel 603, a 2-hp equivalent electric outboard motor suitable for dinghies and daysailers up to 1 ton. The drive features a push-button start, integrated onboard computer with GPS-calculated range and runtime data, fully variable forward and reverse, and no risk of fuel or oil spills.
The Travel 603 comes with a lightweight, 500 Wh lithium-ion battery that clicks on top of the motor, has an optional USB port for charging a mobile phone or camera, and is easy to remove for charging. The removable battery floats if accidentally dropped in the water. The heaviest piece weighs 11 kg and the total system weight, including the removable battery and tiller, is only 15.5 kg. The motor is fully waterproof to IP67 and has a 2-year warranty for recreational use.
"Vision alone does not make a company successful," said Pleininger, according to a statement. "Torqeedo has a different approach than others in the electric marine industry. We always provide complete systems for our customers."