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Torqeedo signs deal with Ottawa to power tour boat

The 75-foot, 100-passenger vessel is named The Queen Elizabeth Dr., and is the first of two planned vessels.
Torqeedo will power Canada’s largest electric tour boat.

Torqeedo will power Canada’s largest electric tour boat.

The City of Ottawa, which is dubbed the “most sustainable city in Canada,” tapped Torqeedo to power its emission-free electric tour boat with two 80-horsepower motors.

The 75-foot, 100-passenger vessel is named The Queen Elizabeth Dr., and is the first of two planned vessels.

It will offer guided tours and host events on the canal — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second, The Colonel By, will enter service in the spring of 2017.

"Torqeedo's high-power Deep Blue system was the obvious choice to propel Canada's largest electric passenger vessel because of its comprehensive safety systems," Robert Taillefer, owner of The Queen Elizabeth Dr. and operator of Ottawa Boat Cruises, said in a statement. "These systems were fully vetted by the Canadian government in order to have the vessel certified."

The 1.5-hour tour travels from Chateau Laurier to Dow's Lake, passing more than 30 of Ottawa's landmarks, and runs four times a day.

The Queen Elizabeth Dr. has two Deep Blue systems installed, but only one is used at a time. The canal is quite narrow for the long vessel; instead of turning around, it engages the second motor.

"Our organization is always happy to see new opportunities for people to connect with the river in a sustainable way," said Meredith Brown of Ottawa’s Riverkeeper. "And there is nothing like a quiet electric motor to help everyone enjoy the natural sounds of the river."

Ottawa is familiar with the benefits of electric boating — a Torqeedo-powered water taxi has served the downtown area for several years. When Parks Canada opened an opportunity for a new tourism operation within the site, it specified that only electric boats would be considered.

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