Torqeedo, the leader in electric propulsion, is launching even more powerful drive systems to coincide with its 10th anniversary. The world leader is providing many new, really innovative ideas in other areas such as service, convenience and power generation.
With the Deep Blue Hybrid, Torqeedo will for the first time be entering the marine hybrid drive segment. The successful Deep Blue range is being expanded to include a hybrid drive system that is already in the design stage with a number of OEMs as a 40, 80 and 160-hp equivalent. An interactive presentation at the trade show will demonstrate the advantages of the Deep Blue Hybrid. The first fully integrated system acts as an energy converter for the hybrid drive as well as supplying all the power requirements on board. An additional generator is, thankfully, no longer needed since the new power supplier for refrigerator; air conditioning system etc. is silent and eco-friendly.
"We feel that the fact Deep Blue is now taking on an important role in the area of hybrid drives is the next logical development for this powerful system. Deep Blue Hybrid is proving to be extremely interesting for sailboats between 12 and 24 m and for professionally operated vessels," says founder and Managing Director Dr Christoph Ballin, explaining Torqeedo's latest innovation. "We are certain it will appeal to a large number of target groups. Since the focus in the field of hybrid drives centres around project based solutions, different lead times will need to be taken into account than for all other drive systems."
The new generation of the Cruise outboard motor is also of note. It is now even more suited to the extreme conditions of intensive commercial use and has greater resistance to seawater thanks in large to the solid aluminum housing and an aluminum-reinforced fin. This makes the outboard even more attractive for boats up to 4 tons that are in regular operation.
The Travel, Torqeedo's best-seller for tenders, dinghies and sailboats up to 1.5 tons has now been equipped with a USB adapter, enabling everything to be charged that needs charging on the move: for example smartphones, digital cameras and lamps. Furthermore, charging times have been cut dramatically: from 9 hours to 3 for the Travel 503 – and the Travel 1003 now needs just 5 hours to fully recharge its battery instead of the previous 15 hours. Another new little practical extra is the protective cover for the shaft head.
The new "Sunfold 37" solar charger, which can be attached to the Travel, is lighter, smaller and easier to handle than the previous solar charging option. The monocrystalline high-performance solar cells with 37 W nominal output power can not only supply power to the Travel's battery but also to all other 12-volt electric devices.
And TorqTrac, Torqeedo's new app for smartphone or tablet and provides better Orientation. TorqTrac shows all appropriate information on the display – the remaining range for the Ultralight 403, Travel 503 / 1003 or Cruise 2.0 / 4.0 is presented clearly on a map. Features such as waypoints and the exact calculation of arrival times ensure that you can feel much safer on the water. The app is available for all relevant iOS and Android systems. It can be connected to the outboard via Bluetooth provided the necessary Bluetooth transmitter is available.
There are other additions to the Deep Blue system family besides the hybrid drive. The powerful electric outboard motor will also be available as a tiller variant in the coming season. This is Torqeedo's response to the desire expressed by many potential customers to convert the motor for special applications.
The Deep Blue inboard can now be ordered as a 40 or 80 HP equivalent as standard with different transmission ratios (1400 and 1800 rpm).