Torqeedo wins Innovation Award at Miami International Boat Show
Leading electric outboard manufacturer, Torqeedo, has won the highly prestigious National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA) Product Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show, with its 80 horse-power motor, Deep Blue.
This is the second significant award Torqeedo has achieved in only a few months for Deep Blue, which launched in November 2012. Deep Blue was announced as the overall winner of the highly acclaimed Design Award for Marine Equipment (DAME) 2012, the most celebrated design competition for new marine equipment and accessories in the world. The revolutionary Deep Blue is the world’s first industrially produced 80 horse-power electric outboard, powered by batteries adapted specifically for the marine environment. Commenting on Deep Blue’s strengths, award judge, Nigel Calder, said, “This is a fully engineered system from the propeller all the way to the batteries.”
Torqeedo came top in the NMMA’s propulsion category, which included entries from both outboard and inboard engine manufacturers, as well as engine maintenance and propeller products. Dr Christoph Ballin, Torqeedo’s founder and CEO, said, “To have won the two biggest and most recognised industry awards this season – the DAME Award and the NMMA Innovation Award – is something really special for us and legitimises how impressive the Deep Blue system is.
The Deep Blue system has a battery capacity between 26 kWh and 52 kWh and a recommended selling price (excluding batteries) of 17.999, - €. Battery bank prices are dependent on capacity and range from 29.800, - € (26kWh) to 59.600, - € (52 kWh). With Deep Blue being a 325V DC high-voltage system, it is offered to commercial boat users and sold via boat manufacturers where installation is included during production.
For further information on the Deep Blue system or any of Torqeedo’s high-tech electric outboard range, please visit www.torqeedo.com.
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Photo caption: Steve Trkla - General Manager Torqeedo USA
About the NMMA Awards
The awards are organised by the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA). The association, which represents the recreational boating industry in North America, and is judged by Boat Writer’s International, recognises products that best meet the following criteria: innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and, availability to the consumer.