Electric Inboard Motor Debuts

Electric Inboard Motor Debuts Jun 4, 2015

The world leader in electric propulsion, Torqeedo, now offers a shaft drive version of its award-winning 40 and 80 horsepower Deep Blue motor. The only electric drive designed for marine use from the ground up, the Deep Blue inboard shares all of the safety, power and performance of the original outboard system. It also features a quiet, low-maintenance, fume-free and environmentally friendly ride.
Torqeedo continues to drive the global shift toward sustainable boating with Deep Blue inboard. Customers see electric cars and buses on the streets and are intrigued by the benefits of this propulsion on their boats. However, many systems on the market are one-off solutions without comprehensive safety features. Torqeedo is the first major company to invest thousands of development hours in industrial-level safety and engineering. Those efforts have been rewarded by insurers, boatbuilders and customers across the globe.
Launched in Europe earlier this year, Deep Blue inboard opens up many possibilities for both new and repowered vessels. Several European builders offer an electric version of their lake cruisers and tenders, finding the 1,800 rpm model provides the torque and acceleration required for an exhilarating ride. With a range of over 100 miles at slow speed and a maximum speed of 18 mph, these luxury vessels are a triumph of design and technology.
“Deep Blue inboard on recreational vessels is a lot of fun, but it also offers a compelling option to the diesel-dominated market of tour boats, water taxis, workboats and larger sailboats,” said Chris Carroll, Torqeedo vice president of sales and marketing. “The 1,400 rpm version takes advantage of the high torque available to propel heavy loads efficiently. This ends up saving our commercial customers thousands of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs over time.”
Charging is incredibly simple. Users just plug in and walk away. The high-voltage lithium batteries are manufactured in the US by Johnson Controls to Torqeedo’s exacting standards of quality. They carry an industry-leading nine-year, 80% capacity warranty.
Torqeedo is working with select North American OEMs to integrate Deep Blue inboard into their lines. Those interested can contact usa@torqeedo.com for more information.