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DSC04108TORQEEDO POWERS THE BBC ON THE AMAZON RIVER

Torqeedo, leader in the growing electric marine propulsion market, worked with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to power its natural history documentary team’s boat on the Amazon River. There, they filmed pink river dolphins in the water and jaguars on shore, for its latest “Planet Earth II” series. It will be presented by Sir David Attenborough on BBC One, beginning November 2016, and on BBC America, starting January 28, 2017.

While preparing to start filming, the BBC contacted Torqeedo. Its primary concern was the need to preserve the environment, without disturbing the animals with noisy motors or polluting their habitats. Torqeedo recommended its popular low-maintenance, low-voltage Travel 1003 model with integrated high-performance lithium batteries and a solar panel for charging in the field.

“We were keen to get as close to the animals in their natural environment as possible, but their wellbeing and safety will always come first,” said Tom Crowley, part of the BBC Natural History Unit for the “Planet Earth II” series. “Using Torqeedo’s electric motors ensures we can protect and preserve their habitat, whilst getting closer than we’ve been before. The Travel 1003 model was so easy and simple to use, and allowed us to concentrate on the most important factor: filming these gorgeous creatures.”

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Torqeedo’s environmentally friendly outboards are easy to lift, stow and carry, almost silent in use and extremely inexpensive to run. They achieve the same power as a gasoline-powered engine, without the emissions and risk of leaking fuel. With vastly improved battery technologies, the cleanliness, reliability and low maintenance ownership experience of a modern electric engine is now highly appealing to a wide range of boat owners.

Contact Torqeedo Inc., 171 Erick Street Unit A-1, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. 815-444-8806; Fax: 815-444-8807.usa@torqeedo.com; http://www.torqeedo.com

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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Green Dock

 

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TORQEEDO INTRODUCES 20-hp EQUIVALENT ELECTRIC OUTBOARD

Building on its long history of producing the most efficient electric outboards in the world, Torqeedo has introduced a new flagship model for its low-voltage Cruise line, the Cruise 10.0. This 20 horsepower-equivalent, emission-free outboard can plane light boats at speeds up to 28 mph and moves displacement hulls from 3 to 10 tons at up to 9 mph.

“Torqeedo’s range of products encompasses systems from 1 hp all the way up to the 80 hp high-voltage Deep Blue. The Cruise 10.0 provides a clean, green and quiet alternative for commercial and recreational users who prefer the simplicity and easy handling of a low-voltage system, but require more speed, thrust and power than previously available,” said Steve Trkla, president and general manager of Torqeedo, Inc.

The Cruise 10.0’s electronically commutated, brushless DC motor and carefully optimized propeller provides up to 12 kW at peak input and 10 kW continuous power. The 48V outboard delivers impressive performance while maintaining the simple handling and installation of a low-voltage system. It comes standard with an integrated electric tilt, easily mounts to the vessel’s remote steering and is available in three shaft lengths.

tqo22653hThe industry-leading 5-hp and 8-hp equivalent Cruise motors were redesigned in 2015 to include a rugged aluminum lower unit, full waterproofing to IP67 and corrosion protection. These features are carried forward into the Cruise 10.0, which also provides all of the high-tech user experiences the series is known for, including a full display showing battery status, GPS-calculated range and speed, and up-to-the-minute data regarding remaining runtime.

For 10 years, Torqeedo has led the way in marine lithium battery development. The Power 26-104 is the end result, and a perfect match for the Cruise series. Highly reliable and safe, these 25.9V power packs replace two 12V lead gel or AGM batteries, saving up to 70% of the space and weight. The Power 26-104 stores significantly more energy than other batteries and performs well under the high loads drawn by the Cruise 10.0.

The Cruise 10.0 is compatible with Torqeedo’s smartphone app, TorqTrac, allowing users to view all motor, GPS and mapping data in real time and in full color. A tiller-steered version is expected for 2017.

Contact Torqeedo Inc., 171 Erick Street Unit A-1, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. 815-444-8806; Fax: 815-444-8807. usa@torqeedo.com www.torqeedo.com.

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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Green Dock

 

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SOLAR-ELECTRIC WORKBOAT COMPLETES HISTORIC CARGO RUN

For those of you who regularly check in with our GREEN DOCK postings–and I thank you for that–here’s one from trend-setting TORQEEDO, the same folks who have brought you their totally eco-friendly electric outboards. Sustainability and new energy sources are the future and for those of us who have already gotten aboard, there is plenty of room for more.

Thanks for caring. -Capt. Ken

Proving that solar propulsion is not only environmentally and budget-friendly, but feasible, a 39′ vessel, Solar Sal, recently completed the final leg of its maiden cargo run, carrying recycled cardboard along the Erie Canal without using a single drop of fossil fuel. Whether plug-in, hybrid or solar charged, more and more workboats are choosing Torqeedo electric propulsion due to its power, efficiency at moving heavy loads and cost savings.

Proving that solar propulsion is not only environmentally and budget-friendly, but feasible, a 39' vessel, Solar Sal, recently completed the final leg of its maiden cargo run, carrying recycled cardboard along the Erie Canal without using a single drop of fossil fuel. Whether plug-in, hybrid or solar charged, more and more workboats are choosing Torqeedo electric propulsion due to its power, efficiency at moving heavy loads and cost savings.

Proving that solar propulsion is not only environmentally and budget-friendly, but feasible, a 39′ vessel, Solar Sal, recently completed the final leg of its maiden cargo run, carrying recycled cardboard along the Erie Canal without using a single drop of fossil fuel. Whether plug-in, hybrid or solar charged, more and more workboats are choosing Torqeedo electric propulsion due to its power, efficiency at moving heavy loads and cost savings.

Solar Sal traversed 72 locks and traveled a total of 650 miles across the state of New York, delivering four tons of cargo from Lockport to a paper mill in Mechanicville on its history-making journey. The vessel runs 8.3 mph on twin Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 electric motors. Providing the equivalent thrust of two 9.9 horsepower combustion engines, these powerful, emission-free electric motors run on sunlight.

When Solar Sal’s builder, David Borton, decided to build a useful and practical solar electric boat, he relied on his background as an adjunct associate professor of mechanical engineering to design a 40′ wooden, strip-built hull with maximum surface area for solar collection. It can be fitted as a 12-ton cargo ship, dayliner tourist vessel or cabin cruiser, all using nothing but free, clean solar fuel.

“The best part of these motors is their efficiency. That includes the electronic control, good motor, planetary gear reduction and efficient, slow, large propeller,” said Borton.

Solar Sal can motor all day in daylight and up to 50 miles after sunset on stored battery power. It’s fitted with 5 kW of solar panels, serving two battery banks. One powers a bank of Torqeedo’s Power 26-104 lithium batteries, the other powers conventional lead-acid batteries. Borton hopes the side-by-side comparisons of the storage technologies will provide some interesting data in the future.

Christened Solar Sal, this craft is named for the famous song, Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal. The song memorializes Sal, one of the mules that towed the barges that brought economic prosperity to New York in the mid- to late-1800s.

The vessel will be visiting local festivals and alternative energy conferences all through the year. Borton also has a personal target of building 10 solar electric boats a year.

Contact Torqeedo Inc., 171 Erick Street Unit A-1, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. 815-444-8806; Fax: 815-444-8807. usa@torqeedo.com; www.torqeedo.com

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Posted by on October 29, 2015 in Green Dock

 

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HERE COMES THE SUN

SOLAR ELECTRIC KAYAK TO MAKE NEARLY 2,000 MILE JOURNEY

Raphaël Domjan has an ambitious plan. This summer, the eco-adventurer intends to travel the Northwest Passage along the northern coast of North America from the Pacific to the Atlantic with an electric kayak, propelled by an Ultralight 403 from Torqeedo.

Domjan hit the international headlines back in May 2012. The Swiss engineer circumnavigated the earth for the first time in a solar-propelled catamaran, Planet Solar. His latest goal is to master the Northwest Passage. Domjan, who will be accompanied by the kayak-adventurer Anne Quéméré, faces a journey of more than 1,800 miles. Embarking in June 2015, it will be the first solar expedition through the legendary Northwest Passage. The 43-year-old’s expedition, SolarArcticPassage, will take the route discovered by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1895. The goal is 100 kilometers, about 63 miles, a day.

Raphaël Domjan and the Ultralight 403 from Torqeedo he will use on this amazing trip.

Raphaël Domjan and the Ultralight 403 from Torqeedo he will use on this amazing trip.

Sunlight is less intense in the Arctic than at any other place on earth. But that is exactly why Domjan will conduct the expedition; to demonstrate that solar electric-powered mobility is possible anywhere on earth. Despite the difficulties, the Arctic offers one important advantage – during the summer the Arctic Circle remains light for over 20 hours a day. The solar energy gained from the small surface of the kayak nevertheless remains extremely precious.

That is why Domjan has chosen the lightweight and highly efficient Ultralight 403 drive system from Starnberg’s high-tech manufacturer Torqeedo. Weighing just 16 pounds, including the battery, the Ultralight is the world’s lightest outboard in serial production. In addition, it converts limited energy supply into propulsive power extremely efficiently. The photovoltaic modules mounted on the kayak feed the Ultralight’s lithium batteries which, in turn, supply the motor with its energy.

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The starting point for the solar expedition is the small Canadian settlement of Tuktoyaktuk. Even in the summer months, temperatures struggle to reach the freezing point and are accompanied by rain and snow. Icebergs and ice floes risk damage to the kayak and motor and the area is home to polar bears. Domjan will maneuver his kayak through this labyrinth of ice for approximately 14 hours a day – an enormous challenge. If he succeeds, he will be the first person to traverse the Northwest Passage in an electric-powered kayak when he reaches the settlement at Pond Inlet in September, 2015. His full route can be seen at http://bit.ly/1L2N6t3.

Contact Torqeedo Inc., 171 Erick Street Unit A-1, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. 815-444-8806; Fax: 815-444-8807 usa@torqeedo.com; www.torqeedo.com.

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Posted by on June 23, 2015 in Green Dock

 

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TORQEEDO POWERS FIRST ZERO-EMISSION ELECTRIC SPORT BOAT

For those of you who have been following our blog site here, we are constantly on the look out for innovative technologies that are sensitive to the environment. To that end, in the past we have reported on the efforts of Torqeedo Motors as they continue to move forward in the area of electric-powered outboard engines. This latest innovation, partnering up with competitive powerboat Team Scarab, once again shows how this particular company is continually moving forward in its efforts to provide boaters with an alternative to fueled engines. -Capt. Ken

Team Scarab, in conjunction with Torqeedo Motors and Ruckmarine, is pleased to announce the launch of the KONA 17′ SportRIB, the first zero-emission, all-electric sport boat. The Kona debuted at the Progressive Insurance San Francisco Boat Show, this past January. The sport boat, powered by Torqeedo’s multi-award winning Deep Blue electric outboard 40 hp system, has been integrated with the Kona 17, a modern throwback to the fun, simple family sports boat of the ’60s and ’70s.

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“There is a great resurgence of the classic sport boat within the marketplace. Powering this with Torqeedo’s propulsion system is a great alignment in both form and function for the modern boater’s needs,” said Larry Smith, designer, president of Team Scarab, and a name synonymous with performance boating in the US over the last 40 years.

The Deep Blue electric outboard system delivers 40 hp with one of Torqeedo’s 13 kW high-powered lithium-ion batteries, (also available in twin battery configuration for longer ranges). The result is a sporty feel and performance that has never been experienced with electric boats.

“Electric’s instant torque means instant power, which provides the feel of sports car-type acceleration on the water,” said Chris Carroll, VP of sales for Torqeedo.

The 40-hp Deep Blue Torqeedo electric outboard engine.

The 40-hp Deep Blue Torqeedo electric outboard engine.

The KONA 17 achieves a top speed of up to 27 mph, and cruises on-plane at 15 mph. For typical recreational usage, the KONA 17 can deliver 1-2 hours of active runtime. At no-wake speeds, the runtime is in excess of 3.5 hours. Its lithium-ion battery pack can be topped off over lunch with the on-board charger and standard 110-220 volt AC, 30 amp shore power, for extended time on the water or a quick run home. The battery can be fully recharged in just over 4 hours from 0% either at the dock or at home. Additionally, Torqeedo provides a 9-year, 80% capacity battery guarantee, providing years of carefree, economical boating.

The KONA 17 is available in 2-seat and 4-seat models. The sport boat is a high-performance runabout with two bucket seats, ideal as a couple’s cruiser. The SportRIB is a 2+2 configuration with a rear bench seat, and incorporates the patent-pending SCARIB Stability System (S3), inflatable collars that increase buoyancy to allow seating for four, providing a great platform for family watersport activities. The SCARIB Stability System also provides convenient built-in fendering.

Ruckmarine will market the system to green boaters and technology enthusiasts on the West Coast starting with the launch of the product at the inaugural San Francisco Boat Show. “We have a full schedule planned for the new year, spring and into the summer. We will be displaying the boat at various shows on the West Coast and we are actively working on demo days into the spring,” said Scott Ruck, owner of Ruckmarine.

For more information on this product, contact Ruckmarine Electric Sportboats, 2415-B Clement Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501. Tel: 510-816-0101; Fax: 510-864-9347. Email: info@ruckmarine.com; Website: www.ElectricSportboats.com. Team Scarab contact: www.teamscarab.com

Contact Torqeedo Inc., 171 Erick Street Unit A-1, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. 815-444-8806; Fax: 815-444-8807. Chris.carroll@torqeedo.comwww.torqeedo.com

 

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Posted by on January 22, 2014 in Green Dock

 

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TORQEEDO POWER NOW OFFERED ON
SCHOCK HARBOR 20 DAYSAILER

Offered for the first time, a Torqeedo electric outboard is now available as an optional electric propulsion upgrade for W. D. Schock Corp.’s Harbor 20 daysailer.  The Torqeedo Travel 1003 and Shock Harbor 20 pairing is ideal for anyone who sails in areas with large tidal changes, strong currents or high average wind speeds with choppy water conditions.

“We’ve manufactured over 600 electric-powered sailboats, so it’s safe to say Schock stands as the most experienced boatbuilder in this area.  After extensive testing, we found Torqeedo’s Travel 1003 electric outboard to be lightweight, high-quality and high-power,” said Alexander Vucelic, W.D. Shock Corp. president.  “The 1003 is a perfect fit with the Harbor 20.”

The Torqeedo Travel 1003 provides the equivalent horsepower of a 3-hp outboard.  At full speed, the motor can push the Harbor 20 at 5 knots for about 35 minutes.  If the user powers down to 50% throttle, then the battery and motor would have over 2 hours of run time at 3 knots.

This electric outboard can move vessels up to 3,000 lbs.  Fully fresh and saltwater-proof, it can be rigged for remote throttle, enabling easy rudder steering.  It also features a removable tiller arm.  A tiller display shows precise information on battery charge status, remaining range at current speed, speed over ground and power consumption.

Blending the classic beauty of a traditional daysailer with state-of-the-art marine technology, Schock’s Harbor 20 is a competitive, cost-effective and easy-to-use boat that will always be in style.  A graceful shearline counter paired with a thoroughly modern underbody and rig makes the Harbor 20 fast and easy to handle.  It can be rigged in minutes and sailed single-handedly or with a group.

W. D. Schock Corp. was founded in 1946 in Newport Beach, California.  The company has built more than 13,000 boats in its sixty-five year history, ranging in size from the ever popular 8′ Naples Sabot to the stunning Schock 55.  The company is responsible for many innovations in the industry.  In 1965, Schock introduced a Penguin that was the first production vacuum-bagged fiberglass and Unicore sandwich sailboat.  Schock has built racers and cruisers, monohulls and catamarans; and in 2001 W.D. Schock collaborated with Dyna Yachts to introduce the canting ballast twin foil (CBTF) Schock 40.

Boats currently in production are the Sabot, Lehman 12, Lido 14, Santana 20, Santana 22, Wavelength 24, Schock 35, Schock 40 and the popular line of Harbor daysailors.  The Harbor line includes the Harbor 14, Harbor 20, Harbor 25 and new Harbor 30.

Combining lithium batteries with leading-edge motor technology and propeller design, Torqeedo’s high-tech outboards have won numerous awards.  Environmentally-sound, they offer unrivalled strength and efficiency for superior range.  Committed to superior technology, Torqeedo offers 13 outboards from 1 hp to 15 hp with innovative accessories, such as solar-charging technology and high-performance lithium batteries.

        Contact Torqeedo Inc., 171 Erick Street Unit A-1, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.  815-444-8806
Fax: 815-444-8807.  usa@torqeedo.comwww.torqeedo.com

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Products

 

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TORQEEDO POWER PLANES WEST MARINE TENDER

            For the first time, West Marine is launching an inflatable tender powered by Torqeedo’s Cruise 4.0 Tiller electric outboard and two Power 26-104 lithium manganese batteries.  With this advanced propulsion package, the 12′ hypalon yacht tender planes and speeds through the water at 15.5 mph.  The boat will be on display at the Miami International Boat Show, February 16-20, in Torqeedo’s slip #126 and West Marine’s booth #2028.

            “Because we can now combine the new Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 Tiller with Torqeedo’s lightweight lithium manganese batteries, we are able to create this exciting electric planing package for our tenders,” said Dave Ungerecht, West Marine senior category manager.  “Tender users now have the power to go fast and go somewhere.  With Torqeedo’s Cruise 4.0 Tiller and Power 26-104 lithium manganese batteries, boaters can travel on our tender 15-20 miles, explore waterways and sightsee.  Torqeedo’s electric propulsion package is light enough for the tender to plane.”

A Torqueedo Cruise 4.0 Tiller powers this West Marine 12 footer at a top speed of 15.5 mph..

Perfect for boats up to 6 tons, Torqeedo’s Cruise 4.0 Tiller electric outboard operates on 48V with 8-9.9 hp.  It weighs only 40 lbs.  A durable and robust drivetrain provides superior power and range from limited battery capacities.

Fully waterproof to IP67 standards, the Cruise 4.0 Tiller model is great for both fresh and salt water.  The tiller display shows information regarding battery charge status, remaining range, speed over ground and input power.

            Torqeedo has been setting the standard for lithium manganese batteries for marine applications since 2006.  Its newest battery, the Power 26-104, weighs only 55 lbs. and offers protection against short circuits, deep discharge, incorrect charging and incorrect polarity.

        Contact Torqeedo Inc., 171 Erick Street Unit A-1, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.  815-444-8806; Fax: 815-444-8807.  usa@torqeedo.comwww.torqeedo.com

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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