RS21 sustainability boosted by Torqeedo

Torqeedo Travel 1003 motor The Torqeedo Travel 1003 powers RS Sailing's RS21 keelboat. Credit: Torqeedo

RS Sailing’s RS21 keelboat features a Torqeedo retractable Travel 1003 motor with integrated lithium battery for convenient auxiliary power courtesy and increased sustainability.

Torqeedo electric drive systems are designed to conserve resources and protect the environment during production due to their lightweight construction.

“Building a truly sustainable product requires reimagining its design from the ground up. The RS21 improves performance and ease of use while reducing impact on our air, water and climate,” said Torqeedo CEO Christoph Ballin.

Ease of use

The retractable system designed by RS also makes the motor easy to use. It can be slid down to use and pulled up when sailing. A bottom plate fits flush to the underside of the hull for full performance.

Minimal noise is produced by the system, already nicknamed the 'invisible gennaker', added Christoph.

The clean and efficient Torqeedo system complements other green aspects of the RS21’s construction system, including its core made from recycled PET materials.

Alex Southon, RS Technical MD said: “Torqeedo is the perfect answer for us. The company leads the way with electric motor technology and was enthusiastic about working with us to develop a slick, integrated system for the RS21. An awkward necessity has been turned into a pleasurable feature.”

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