Torqeedo has updated its electric outboards with a new design to meet the demands of commercial users.
The Cruise comes in 5-hp and 8-hp equivalents and has found a market in pontoon boats, sailboats, small boats, work boats, water taxis and users on lakes that limit combustion motors since its introduction in 2008.
The redesigned line has a solid aluminum lower housing, which seeks to protect against impact damage and provide increased mechanical support for the propeller shaft. It also has improved shaft sealant rings and lubricant-free polymer bearings to help defend against fishing line or debris.
The aluminum lower housing has been in testing with commercial operations for several months. Bob Bekoff, owner of a water taxi fleet in Oklahoma City, said the new Cruise is powerful and efficient.
"We've been using Torqeedo motors on our fleet for several years now and were excited to test the improved Cruise," Bekoff said in a statement. “The water taxi business places extreme demands on the motors' durability, and the new Cruise has performed flawlessly.”
"We initially focused on building a more rugged Cruise motor for commercial and rental operations," said Steve Trkla, president and general manager of Torqeedo Inc.
"Our engineers in Germany delivered such an outstanding product that we've incorporated the changes across the board. The new Cruise motor is now available in North America through Torqeedo dealers and our boatbuilder partners."