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Torqeedo debuts electric inboard

Electric engine maker Torqeedo now offers a shaft-drive version of its award-winning 40- and 80-hp Deep Blue motor.

Electric engine maker Torqeedo now offers a shaft-drive version of its award-winning 40- and 80-hp Deep Blue motor.

Designed for marine use from the ground up, the Deep Blue inboard was launched in Europe earlier this year. Torqeedo said the inboard opens up many possibilities for new and repowered vessels.

The company said several European builders offer an electric version of their lake cruisers and tenders, finding that the 1,800-rpm model provides the torque and acceleration required for an exciting ride. With a range of more than 100 miles at slow speed and a maximum speed of 18 mph, the luxury vessels are a triumph of design and technology, Torqeedo said.

"Deep Blue inboard on recreational vessels is a lot of fun, but it also offers a compelling option to the diesel-dominated market of tour boats, water taxis, workboats and larger sailboats," Torqeedo vice president of sales and marketing Chris Carroll said in a statement. "The 1,400-rpm version takes advantage of the high torque available to propel heavy loads efficiently. This ends up saving our commercial customers thousands of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs over time."

To charge, it, users plug it in and walk away.

The high-voltage lithium batteries are made in the United States by Johnson Controls. They carry a nine-year, 80 percent capacity warranty. Torqeedo is working with select North American OEMs to integrate the Deep Blue inboard into their lines.

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