This morning, Bill Dixon, the jury chairman of the DAME Design Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in marine industry, presented the Overall Winner prize to Torqeedo CEO Christoph Ballin. The world market leader in electric boating from Germany was recognized for the Cruise Pod-engine system introduced this year.

The jury praised the Torqeedo Cruise FP for “its beautiful engineering and close attention to detail design, its integrated approach, its compact dimensions and its market realistic price” – creating exciting new opportunities for the interior design of sailing yachts by removing the need for a traditional engine compartment.

Christoph Ballin, Co-Founder and CEO of Torqeedo, comments on the DAME Award win: “We are absolutely thrilled to be the overall winner of the DAME Award for the second time. We are delighted to see the coming of age for electric mobility in the marine industry. We are proud to be a driver in this business, and we are thankful to be recognized for our approach by the DAME Jury.”

The Cruise Pod drives from Torqeedo offer a practical electric alternative to inboard diesels. The system delivers maximum performance with minimal weight. The motor unit, which has proven in thousands of outboard motors, is just one of the components of the integrated propulsion system that offers superior performance and convenience.

The pod is complemented by Torqeedo's lithium batteries, new electronic throttle levers, specifically designed for sailboats and a new, modern user interface. The system can be charged by shore power, solar power and with a generator. It can also generate energy through hydro-generation while under sail.

Second overall victory for Torqeedo in four years

The DAME Design Awards are given in seven categories with one “Overall Winner”. With this the jury recognizes “outstanding examples of groundbreaking research and development” in the marine industry – a great honor to the newly introduced Cruise Pod propulsion system.

This is Torqeedo’s second overall DAME victory in four years. In 2012, Torqeedo received the DAME Award for the electric outboard motor Deep Blue, which marked the entry of the German high-tech company into the area of high-voltage electric marine motors.

At the METS Amsterdam, the world’s largest trade fair for marine equipment, Torqeedo is exhibiting at booth no. 01.741.

1. Award Winners
2. System overview Cruise Pod system

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DAME Awards 2016
15 NOVEMBER 2016