Electric marine engine maker Torqeedo worked with the British Broadcasting Corp. to power its natural history documentary team's boat on the Amazon River, where the BBC filmed pink river dolphins in the water and jaguars on the shore for its “Planet Earth II” series.
The series is being presented by Sir David Attenborough on BBC One beginning this month and it will be presented on BBC America starting on Jan. 28.
When the BBC prepared to start filming, it contacted Torqeedo. The network’s primary concern was to preserve the environment without disturbing the animals with noisy motors or polluting their habitats.
Torqeedo recommended its low-voltage Travel 1003 model with integrated high-performance lithium batteries and a solar panel for charging in the field.
"We were keen to get as close to the animals in their natural environment as possible, but their well being and safety will always come first," Tom Crowley, part of the BBC Natural History Unit for the "Planet Earth II" series, said in a statement.
"Using Torqeedo's electric motors ensures we can protect and preserve their habitat whilst getting closer than we've been before. The Travel 1003 model was so easy and simple to use, and allowed us to concentrate on the most important factor: filming these gorgeous creatures."