Torqeedo provides new propulsion system for Queen’s Elizabeth II’s row barge

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Electric propulsion system manufacturer Torqeedo has been selected to provide the auxiliary propulsion system for Queen Elizabeth II’s row-barge, Gloriana. The company was approached in 2016 and recommendations were given to supply twin Torqeedo Deep Blue 40 Saildrive motors along with two pairs of battery packs for the vessel. The new system was installed in time to meet Gloriana’s spring programme of events. “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen to equip Gloriana with Torqeedo’s Deep Blue 40 Saildrive motors, which offer the vessel steady, powerful and reliable performance, as well as protecting the environment through the use of environmentally friendly technology,” said Torqeedo co-founder and CEO Christoph Ballin. “It is a great honour for me and our company to be associated with Gloriana and we very much look forward to a longstanding relationship.” The building of Gloriana was commissioned and underwritten in 2011 as a long-term legacy for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The vessel was crafted using traditional British timber. Eighteen oarsmen row the 90ft vessel. Gloriana flies the Royal and City standards, along with the traditional flags of the United Kingdom, and carries 16 crests representing the Realms of the Commonwealth.

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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