Marine electric propulsion manufacturer Torqeedo was selected to provide the auxiliary propulsion system for Queen Elizabeth II’s row-barge, Gloriana.
The company was approached in 2016 to open discussions about repowering Gloriana. Recommendations were given to supply twin Torqeedo Deep Blue 40 Saildrive motors, along with two pairs of battery packs for the vessel.
The new system was installed in time to meet Gloriana's key spring program of events.
Lord Sterling is chairman of The Gloriana Trust, which commissioned and underwrote the building of Gloriana in 2011 as a long-term legacy for Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
"Christoph Ballin and Torqeedo enjoy a very high reputation in the fast-growing electric propulsion industry, both for quality and delivery of service,” Lord Sterling said in a statement.
“As a high-profile royal vessel in use on the Thames, Gloriana's 'green' credentials are even more important in these times of the increasing need to improve the environment. My colleagues look forward to working together with Torqeedo in the coming years."
"We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen by The Gloriana Trust to equip HM Rowbarge Gloriana with Torqeedo's Deep Blue 40 Saildrive motors, which offer the vessel steady, powerful and reliable performance, as well as protects the environment through the use of environmentally friendly technology,” Torqeedo co-founder and CEO Christoph Ballin said in a statement. “It is a great honor for me and our company to be associated with Gloriana and we very much look forward to a longstanding relationship."
Gloriana was crafted using traditional British timber. Eighteen oarsmen row the 90-foot vessel. She flies the Royal and City standards, along with the traditional flags of the United Kingdom, and carries 16 crests representing the Realms of the Commonwealth.