Torqeedo looks to BMW for power boost

Torqeedo looks to BMW for a power boost Torqeedo looks to BMW for a power boost
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Electric motor specialist Torqeedo is bullish about its prospects for 2017, pushing on with a range of products which it believes may make the traditional inboard diesel engine a thing of the past.

The most significant development has been in the field of battery power; more specifically, range. Much of this is thanks to the adoption of BMW’s i3 high voltage batteries which were developed for the automotive industry but are also ideal - once suitably adapted - for the marine industry.

Torqeedo’s Stefan Gerhard explained: “These batteries utilise prismatic cell design and provide a battery that is compact, cools efficiently and also provides extremely high performance.”

As an example of this, Torqeedo’s most popular motor, the Travel 1003C, now has a 73% higher range than it had with the previous motor. This increased battery power means that it can run for up to 18NM at a speed of three knots.

The company has also recently launched its new Cruise pod drives, which are units designed for larger yachts as a viable alternative to a traditional inboard engine. The cruise pods received a good deal of publicity after winning the DAME awards late last year and the next step has been a link up with the German boatbuilder, Hanse, with the aim of producing a standard production yacht with an electric motor.

Torqeedo’s chief executive, Christopher Ballin, sees this as a highly significant move: “We believe, a few years from now, 2017 will be seen as a time when this process - a move from diesel to electric inboards - really started.”

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