Emission-free mobility in the spotlight at Electric Days

T. Smallridge

Clean and quiet, electric boats are known as a great way to relax on the water, giving boaters a chance to breathe easy. Now, they also have the power to take your breath away.

Torqeedo recently welcomed international guests, journalists, partners and the general public to the third edition of their signature electric boating test event, dubbed Electric Days. Attendees were invited to experience electrically powered sail and motorboats ranging from 1 to 100 kW of power and joined Torqeedo’s CEO and co-founder, Dr. Christoph Ballin, on a personally-led, behind-the-scenes company tour. Fourteen electric and hybrid boats from eleven boat manufacturers were on display during the event, held at the Munich Yacht Club.

BMW provided a fleet of BMW i3 electric cars and drivers for transportation during Electric Days, allowing guests to experience electric mobility on land as well as water. The i3 shuttles provided an opportunity to discuss the ongoing technology transfers between the automotive and marine industries as it relates to e-mobility, and reduced the event’s overall carbon footprint.

Lake Starnberg, a pristine Alpine lake a short 25-kilometre train ride from the centre of Munich, was the birthplace of Torqeedo. Licenses to operate combustion-powered boats on Lake Starnberg are strictly limited in order to preserve and protect this important natural resource and drinking water supply, which is the 5th largest lake in Germany. Torqeedo has relocated to a high-tech industrial park several kilometres away but as the manufacturer’s “home lake” Lake Starnberg was the ideal venue to welcome guests from around the world hoping to learn more about the innovative company and its products.

Renowned luxury yacht builder Frauscher Boats let guests have a sneak-peek at the Frauscher 740 Mirage Air, which will be the first boat powered by Torqeedo’s brand-new Deep Blue 100i. This 2,400 rpm, 100 kW inboard electric drive system boasting two 40 kWh lithium batteries with technology by BMW is specifically designed to suit the requirements of fast planing motorboats.

Rounding out the powerboat offerings, two electric speedboats by Designboot: the Tender 06 and the Tender 08, proved crowd-favorites with their lightning-quick acceleration, as was the 7EVEN by Bootswerft Glas. A generous Frauscher owner welcomed guests onboard his 650 Alassio with Deep Blue 50i for Electric Days, serving as a compelling first-hand resource and client reference for those guests considering electric boating for the first time.

Guests also toured Torqeedo’s Nimbus 365, the test platform for the company’s high-tech Deep Blue Hybrid system which offers clean propulsion and complete onboard energy management. Deep Blue Hybrid collects renewable energy from the wind and sun, stores it in high-capacity lithium batteries, and makes it available for propulsion or for hotel loads like air con, water making and cooking. This drastically reduces generator runtime and its associated noise, smell and vibration, making the owner’s life onboard more luxurious, peaceful and relaxing.

Practical alternatives for commercial clients who want to reduce their carbon footprint and protect sensitive areas were also demonstrated, including a VSR RIB with Cruise 10.0 custom-tailored for use as a coach boat for sailing clubs and a heavy-duty, Deep Blue outboard-powered ZenPro 580 RIB for harbor and marina support by the electric workboat experts at Naviwatt.

Sailboats included the new Bente 24 – a crowdsourced and crowdfunded startup brand who aims to bring sailing into the future with revolutionary design and functionality. The Domani S30, recently nominated as European Yacht of the Year, motored cleanly away from the docks powered by a Cruise fixed pod motor and lithium batteries, as did the traditionalists’ favorite: the 45ER Nationaler Kreuzer by Bootswerft Glas.

The Rand Picnic Boat with Cruise 10, a popular rental boat for use in urban waters around the world, proved its credentials as an enjoyable, easy-to-drive platform for spending time with family and friends on the water. Litore One, a small catamaran with four built-in sunbeds and a wine chiller, and the 5-metre Lario 580 offered two perfect places to unwind. Both small boats are silently powered by a Travel 1103.

With the full range of e-mobility options from Torqeedo on display, Electric Days reinforced that battery-powered boats are more than just the future. They’re here, and transforming the marine industry today with more power, more energy, more silence and more convenience.

About Torqeedo

Torqeedo is the market leader for electric mobility on the water. Founded in 2005 in Starnberg, the company develops and manufactures electric and hybrid drives from 0.5 to 100 kW for commercial applications and recreational use. Torqeedo products are characterized by an uncompromising high-tech focus, maximum efficiency and complete system integration. Torqeedo is part of the DEUTZ Group, one of the world's leading independent suppliers of diesel and natural gas engines.  › www.torqeedo.com

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