Torqeedo is one of the big names in electric propulsion at sea. This year comes the 15 years of activity and the 100,000th electric drive. The company was founded in 2005 to bring to marine electric propulsion an integrated systemic approach and industrial research and development and industrial engineering.
Torqeedo is a pioneer in electric boating and today has over 200 employees, operates in 100 countries and works with more than 2,000 sales, service and shipbuilding partners. What does Torqeedo do?
The company specializes not only in the production of outboards, but also inboards and saildrives from 0.5 to 100 kW with high capacity lithium batteries and power management systems. The range of functional and innovative accessories ranges from on-board solar charging to smartphone applications. One of the company’s strengths is its ability to reinvest more than 12% of its turnover in research and development, like the famous American companies in Silicon Valley.
What’s new for 2020
Two new engines will arrive by 2020: an ultralight one for kayak fishermen or a Cruise 10.0 T outboard of 20 HP equivalent with tiller steering. In 2020 the new fast chargers and the new solar charge controller for the lithium battery series Power 48-5000 are also on the way. Torqeedo’s Deep Blue high power system is achieving major improvements with quieter outboards than ever before and integration of joysticks, third-party throttles and wireless controls.
Major recreational boat builders such as Frauscher Shipyard and Hanke & Dorsch have used the power of Deep Blue 100i to design boats, ushering in a new era of powerful electric boats on protected lakes. These 100 kW direct-drive on-board systems are based on BMW lithium-ion batteries, available in 40 kWh and 10 kWh configurations. Multiple batteries can be installed to increase power and range.