Torqeedo inboard electric propulsion system wins innovation award


(MIAMI) — Torqeedo’s new Deep Blue 100i integrated inboard electric propulsion system was honored Friday with a 2019 National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show. The innovation awards were judged by a team of marine-industry journalists from Boating Writers International (BWI).

“Torqeedo keeps turning up the juice with electric propulsion for two new target markets – one for large torque needs as well as one for high-speed applications like tow boats,” said BWI judge Pat Rains.

Torqeedo’s new Deep Blue 100i is the first fully integrated inboard electric propulsion system for larger and faster planing and displacement boats. This new efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly electromobility solution incorporates a combination of innovations never before offered in the boating industry.

The Deep Blue 100-kW electric direct-drive motor has twice the power of previous models. It is available in two versions – 2,400 rpm for faster planing boats and 900 rpm for heavier displacement vessels up to 120 feet. The electric motor is paired with a high-voltage 40-kWh marinized BMW i3-type lithium-ion battery, which has 30 percent more capacity than previous models within the same footprint. The batteries offer recharging up to 75 percent capacity in less than 1.5 hours.

The new Deep Blue 100i system is available for electric power only and also in a hybrid configuration with DC generator and integrated onboard energy management system for longer-range cruising. The system can be integrated with onboard solar or hydrogeneration for clean, renewable recharging underway.

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By Professional Mariner Staff