Torqeedo, the global leader in electric marine propulsion, has been honored with a fourth Pittman Innovation Award by SAIL Magazine for its Cruise Fixed Pod motor series and the groundbreaking Rudder Drive.

Working with Hanse Yachts and rudder builder Jefa Marine, Torqeedo adapted its 8 HP equivalent Cruise FP 4.0 with folding propeller to allow its integration into the rudder blade of the new Hanse 315 e-motion.

Weighing 200 lbs. less than a comparable diesel engine, the Rudder Drive is emission-free and virtually silent. It offers regenerative power while under sail. Under power, it delivers unmatched maneuverability due to the 100 degrees of rudder travel, eliminating the need for bow and/or stern thrusters.

Fourth Pittman Innovation Award for Torqeedo

This is the second major industry recognition for Torqeedo’s alternative to a saildrive in only three months. The Cruise FP system was named Overall Winner at the 2016 DAME Awards. “We’re honored to receive this award”, said Christoph Ballin, co-founder and CEO of Torqeedo GmbH. “Torqeedo has a strong relationship with sailors the world over. It's a market segment that not only appreciates the technology, but understands and respects our commitment to the environment.”

It is not the first time Torqeedo receives the Pittman Innovation Award, named after a long-time technical editor of US-based SAIL magazine. In 2016, the company was recognized for its Deep Blue Hybrid system. It also won in 2012 for its Cruise 2.0/4.0 and in 2007 for its Travel 801 outboard. Last year, the company won the Most Eco-Friendly Marine Business of 2016 at the 21st China International Boat Show in Shanghai.


Hanse Group CEO Jens Gerhardt with Torqeedo CEO Christoph Ballin at Rudder Drive press conference in Düsseldorf, Pittman Award logo, Cruise FP Pod 4 studio shot, rendering Rudder Drive: › Download

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Pittman Award
30 JANUARY 2017