Solaris sets an example for cleaner boating in one of the world’s most precious ecological reserves – the Galapagos Islands. We are proud that our motors and batteries help to make Solaris a success.
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 debuts at the Progressive Insurance San Francisco Boat Show, January 23-26 at Pier 48 in San Francisco, California. 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.
"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 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.
Two of the most innovative companies in electric and hybrid drives on the water are joining forces. As a result, Torqeedo will be entering the hybrid drive sector for yachts between 40 and 70 feet.
Announcing the acquisition of Moonwave Systems GmbH, Torqeedo is expanding its product portfolio by entering the electric hybrid drive sector for yachts. A respective agreement has been signed by the management of both companies, and the acquisition will be formally announced at the Düsseldorf boat show on Saturday January the 18th.
The newly developed hybrid systems will not only provide hybrid electric propulsion, but will also power all AC and DC house loads including air conditioning and large, home-style appliances. Green energy from regeneration and solar panels will be fully integrated into the vessel’s energy management system. Yachts equipped with the new hybrid drive system can travel silently, offer joystick docking and take advantage of noiseless, environmentally friendly energy sources while at anchor.
The hybrid drive system integrates components from Torqeedo’s Deep Blue product line – winner of multiple international innovation awards – and from Moonwave Systems.
“This is a really significant step for marine hybrid systems,” says Dr. Christoph Ballin, CEO of Torqeedo GmbH. “Combining Moonwave’s state-of-the-art system developments with our high-tech propulsion systems, we can provide a fully integrated solution for propulsion and energy management. All components have been designed to work together and have been tested in a complete system-setup. For complex hybrid systems, this is extremely important.”
Stephan Schambach, Managing Director of Moonwave Systems GmbH, on the merger with the market leader in electric propulsion says: “We founded Moonwave Systems to offer the most advanced hybrid drive concept for yachts on the market. In recent months, we recognized that the best way of accomplishing that is through working with Torqeedo. We’re delighted to be realizing our concept and bringing it to market together with the team from Torqeedo.”
The products resulting from the alliance of these two clean-technology companies will initially be aimed at yacht manufacturers. Existing yachts can also be retrofitted with the new hybrid systems.
About Moonwave Systems GmbH:
- Founded in 2012 and based in Jena, Germany
- Moonwave Systems develops the latest drive and power supply concepts for yachts. These result in more luxury on board, more environmental friendliness, more simplicity and more independence
- The focus of Moonwave’s research and development activities is intelligent integration and control of a range of renewable energy technologies
- Moonwave Systems are developed for a variety of vessels, with particular focus on sailing catamarans from 40-70 feet
More information about Moonwave Systems is at www.moonwave-systems.com
Skipper Jim Greer's remarkable quest to complete the Great Loop, a circular navigation of the eastern half of the US, using only solar power, recently hit a milestone. The solar and electric powered craft has already made it more than halfway through its journey. As of mid-August, it has traversed the Oswego and Erie Canals and will soon navigate into Lake Ontario.
The over 6,600 mile journey, which Greer hopes will merit a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, relies on a dedicated four-person crew and two Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 electric outboard motors. This monumental undertaking commenced on January 11 from New Port Ritchie, Florida, where Greer and his crew began winding their way north along the Eastern seaboard. It also began with a common problem, he wanted to go for a boat ride, but didn't have enough money for fuel.
Six years in the making, Greer's visionary custom-built 45' trimaran is equipped with a set of flexible solar panels and two banks of batteries dedicated to two state-of-the-art Torqeedo electric outboards. Named Ra, after the Egyptian god of the sun, the fossil fuel-free craft achieves an average speed of around 2-1/2 mph. Speeds up to 4 mph are possible with winds and currents in the boat's favor.
"We had originally planned to be in Chicago by the end of the summer," said Danny Johnson, the expedition's first mate. Despite this, the Ra's leisurely pace "isn't a deal breaker," he added. "We still expect to make it through the colder sections of our itinerary before cold weather sets in."
As the Ra continues its slow but steady course, it will skirt states bordering Lakes Erie, Huron and Michigan before heading south along the great American rivers leading to the Gulf Coast Intercoastal Waterway. If successful, it will mark the first Great Loop performance achieved by solar power alone.
The same number of miles in a conventional power boat would require a fuel investment of over $10,000. Thanks to the Ra's electric outboards, whose batteries charge solely with sunlight, Greer and his crew expect no fuel outlay for the duration of the trip.
With a thrust equivalent to a 9.9 hp gas outboard, each Cruise 4.0 R achieves an efficiency of more than 50%. "We've been really pleased with the performance of our Torqeedo engines. In fact, I'm amazed at just how robust they are," said Johnson. Torqeedo motors are ideal for pontoons, sailboats and catamarans.
As the Ra chalks up a landmark 3,500 miles, Johnson retains enthusiasm for the adventures still to come in the second half of the solar boat's tour. "It's been a great experience so far." Armchair travelers can follow the Ra's progress at www.solarboatchronicles.com, as well as its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Torqeedo and Apex Marine have joined forces to combine the award-winning Deep Blue 80hp all-electric propulsion system with the new 822TT RLS Triple Tube Pontoon Boat. The 22' craft delivers an unparalleled ride experience in a leading-edge, zero-emission watercraft.
Apex Marine's compact and lightweight pontoon boats are an ideal match for electric propulsion. The triple tube design combined with Torqeedo's powerful Deep Blue allows for quicker planing and greater speeds for boaters who enjoy water sports. This boat can reach speeds of up to 25 mph. The triple tube allows the boat to carry more people and cargo and the quiet electric propulsion system offers a tranquil, nature-filled boating experience when used at cruising speed.
"Torqeedo's motors combine two innovative technologies: electric propulsion and lithium-ion batteries, and provide the most efficient and safe system ever delivered to the marine market. Clean, low-maintenance and fun, these are the marine technologies of the future and Apex wants to lead this shift," said Scott Dosson of Apex Marine. "There are plenty of customers interested in this green solution."
"When owners buy a Torqeedo electric motor, they're also buying fuel for life. There are no gas cans, no flammable fumes and little winter maintenance. Charging the battery fully only costs about $2.50 and can last you a whole day of fun on the water if planned right," said Dosson.
"We're thrilled to continue our partnership with Apex Marine," said Steve Trkla, president and general manager of Torqeedo's North America division. "There's a market for this package and not just in green lake boating. Recreational boaters looking for thrilling fun on gas lakes will get the speed and adventure they're looking for, together with the cachet of owning a cutting-edge system that's unique, incredibly well-engineered and environmentally-friendly."
"We're confident in the strength of the pontoon market," continued Trkla. "It's the strongest sector in the marine industry and baby-boomers will continue to drive that growth."
The 822TT RLS features a pair of rear-facing lounge seats, stainless steel hardware and multiple storage spots. All seats are vented for mildew prevention and easy wash-down.
The lightweight Deep Blue motor weighs only 276 lbs. while a single battery weighs 328 lbs. The lithium-ion battery comes with a 9-year capacity warranty.
No visit to the Oklahoma City Zoo feels complete without a cruise aboard the popular Safari Voyage, a 15- to 20-minute guided boat tour on tranquil Zoo Lake. Thanks to a recent conversion to Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 engines, the zoo's fleet now delivers dependable, uninterrupted service for the nearly one million guests visiting the facility annually.
Instituted in 2012, the zoo cruise relies on two 40' x 12' pollution-free electric boats, each with a 50-passenger capacity. Due to the demands of heavy commercial usage, owner/operator Bob Bekoff experienced significant engine overheating and dependability problems.
Having recently installed Torqeedo motors on his fleet of water taxis operating in the city's renowned Bricktown District, Bekoff once again turned to the electric outboard manufacturer. Switching out the old motors for new Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 models solved the zoo boats' issues.
"The Torqeedo motors have corrected the overheating and dependability problems," said Bekoff. "The big upgrade with these Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 motors is their smooth, cool running."
At only 40 lbs., the Cruise 4.0 is supremely light yet extremely powerful. "Although the old engines were 10 hp, the smaller Torqeedo motors push the boats just as easily," said Bekoff. Performing the conversion was Capt. Todd Sims of ePower Marine of Boynton Beach, Florida. "Torqeedo manufactures the most innovative electric propulsion products available today," said Sims.
SeaRobotics specializes in creating small, smart vessels that are remotely or autonomously operated. A number of these unmanned surface vessels (USV) are powered by motors manufactured by Torqeedo, the leader in electric propulsion.The USVs by SeaRobotics range from 3.5m to 11m. Customers using these USVs include domestic and international military organizations, universities, oceanographic institutes, and various government agencies.
Applications for USVs are limitless and SeaRobotics is able to adapt their craft for customer requests. For example, a SeaRobotics USV recently completed a series of missions in the arctic, which will undoubtedly open new opportunities in this frontier.
"Torqeedo's electric outboards are high-quality and the company provides great factory support," said Don Darling, SeaRobotics president. "Torqeedo is a progressive company, similar to us. We're confident that they'll be able to support our future needs as their product line expands."
Applications for SeaRobotics vessels range from bathymetric and hydrographic surveys to coastal, harbor and river surveillance. SeaRobotics vessels range from small, modular, and man-portable systems, allowing rapid deployment in remote areas or deployment by larger vessels, to large, high endurance, open ocean systems. The SeaRobotics command and control systems are user friendly and compact, enabling ease of mobilization.
"The craft produced by SeaRobotics are a natural fit for our electric motors," said Steve Trkla, general manager of Torqeedo's North American headquarters. "We are pleased that our motors are being used in these applications and are eager to help with future developments."
Torqeedo's high-tech outboards combine lithium batteries with leading-edge motor technology and propeller design. They offer unrivalled strength and efficiency for superior range. Environmentally-sound and truly innovative, these electric outboards have won many awards.