Torqeedo signs engine deal with Austrian boatbuilder

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Austrian boatbuilder Frauscher Bootswerft GmbH has chosen Torqeedo to power its line of electric boats and yachts.

The high-power Deep Blue inboard motor was selected for the new Frauscher 740 Mirage Air that debuted in July and is also available with Frauscher's 650 Alassio, 680 Lido, 740 Mirage and 750 St. Tropez.

Frauscher has cooperated closely with Torqeedo in drive and battery technology since 2005. Unlike a boat with a diesel or gasoline motor, a vessel with a Deep Blue drive is emission-free and can be used on environmentally sensitive waters.

The partnership represents a logical step in regard to performance, efficiency and safety, said Stefan Frauscher, co-CEO, strategic management, of Frauscher.

"Our boats are aimed at the premium segment in the boating market, which is why we make no compromises when choosing the very best components,” Frauscher said in a statement. “There's simply no alternative to Torqeedo's Deep Blue when it comes to safe and fully integrated e-solutions on the water."

Deep Blue provides input power of as much as 65 kW and delivers the same propulsive power as an 80-hp gasoline outboard.

"Our Deep Blue system serves discerning customers who demand powerful and advanced performance combined with safety, control and comfort on the water," said Christoph Ballin, founder and CEO of Torqeedo.


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