Torqeedo’s batteries have greater range and longer run time
Battery technology is continually moving forward and electric propulsion company Torqeedo is just one to take advantage of this.
The company has teamed up with BMW for its high voltage batteries for its Deep Blue series – 40 to 80hp engines - and says the agreement is already influencing sales.
“There’s more capacity from BMW and everyone knows them,” said John Arnold, Torqeedo UK sales manager.
The BMWi3 battery will be used to provide high energy at a lower cost per watt hour, he said and will be Torqeedo’s highest power offering for inboard, outboard and hybrid solutions.
And it’s not only its larger engines that have improved technology. The 1003C Travel is now available with higher capacity cells and additional cells giving it 73% more range than before and a longer run time.
The 915Wh battery is an almost identical weight explained Mr Arnold and offers the same performance as a 3hp petrol outboard engine, with thrust equivalent to a 4hp.
The enhanced battery now gives a range of 18NM at a speed of 3K and has a GPS and a digital readout that displays power consumption, battery status and remaining range (time or distance).
“We’re the only company that manufactures high efficiency electric motors for the marine industry,” said Mr Arnold. “Our sales are up and up with more than 70,000 motors sold around the world.
“In the first few years it was a tough sell but people have now have done their research about electric motors and business is fantastic. It’s up worldwide.”
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