Torqeedo is growing its Deep Blue product line with the introduction of a Deep Blue Hybrid, the first fully integrated system that acts as an energy supply for both the hybrid drive and all AC/DC electrical loads on board.
Torqeedo said the propulsion system can harness solar, wind, plug-in and regenerative power in the system's high-capacity batteries, keeping generator runtime to an absolute minimum.
Large house loads, such as air conditioning and cooking, can be met by batteries alone, eliminating generator noise and exhaust, the company said.
Work and service boats can run tools, winches and test equipment directly off the high-capacity batteries.
Environmental research and monitoring vessels can access sensitive areas and take measurements in clean, quiet and undisturbed water conditions, the company said.
The modular nature of the components means Deep Blue Hybrid can be configured to match the requirements of each application.
It is available as inboard, outboard or saildrive in the 40- to 160-hp power classes, and as a single or twins.
"Taking existing Deep Blue components and adding the utility of multiple charging sources was the next logical development for this powerful system," Torqeedo president Steve Trkla said in a statement. "Deep Blue Hybrid offers all the benefits of pure electric propulsion, including an unprecedented level of luxury and utility on board, while allowing for extended motoring. It is proving to be a very compelling option for cruising sailboats between 40 and 80 feet, as well as professionally operated vessels."
"People are excited about the possibilities and we are certain it will have wide appeal," Trkla continued. "Because Deep Blue Hybrid provides such a complete solution that it benefits from project integration, our team is currently meeting with OEMs and repower specialists to plan the first round of installations."