Torqueedo has recently unveiled a raft of new electric marine propulsion products for 2021, in an expansion of many of its ranges.
First up are two new saildrive options, the Deep Blue 50 SD and Deep Blue 100 SD, which the company says are the result of a cooperation with supplier ZF. The fixed saildrives will be available in 50kW and 100kW outputs, and are designed for sailing speeds up to 30kts while also providing efficient hydrogeneration, keeping the system’s high-capacity batteries charged while under sail. Torqueedo notes that in common with its existing Deep Blue and Deep Blue Hybrid systems, energy from solar panels, wind or hydrogeneration can be integrated into the central system, along with a range extender for seamless backup power.
Next, its Cruise series of electric drive systems, from five to twenty horsepower-equivalents, are set to be upgraded. For 2021, the Cruise 10.0 R outboard and the Cruise 10.0 FP will receive a technical update, shipping with Torqeedo’s Torqlink communications protocol. The new protocol was initially developed for Deep Blue and is now available for Cruise 10.0 motors, Power 48-5000 lithium batteries and premium Torqeedo throttles.
“Torqlink is a new interface between the components that makes it very easy to set up even a relatively complex electric or hybrid drive system. They all work on the same system, provide information on the same display and work seamlessly together,” noted Torqeedo MD Dr Ralf Plieninger.
Finally, following the success of its direct-drive Travel 1103 system, the company has announced a new addition to the Travel family, the 603, a two horsepower-equivalent electric outboard suitable for dinghies and day sailers up to one ton. The system is supplied with a lightweight, 500Wh lithium-ion battery that clicks on top of the motor, has an optional USB port for charging a mobile phone or camera, and is easy to remove for charging. The removable battery even floats if accidentally dropped in the water. The heaviest piece of the Travel 603 weighs 11kg and the total system weight, including the removable battery and tiller, is only 15.5kg.