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Torqeedo “Best Electric Outboard Supplier” at Work Boat World Awards

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More than a “simple” victory, a real confirmation in the field: Torqeedo was named the “Best Electric Outboard Supplier” for 2 consecutive times at the Work Boat World Awards.

This is an important milestone for Torqeedo, the company dominating the electric mobility sector for water vehicles. A recognition that can hardly be forgotten, especially thinking back to Torqeedo’s history, which began way back in 2005, when there was no proposal for the development of electric nautical motors, industrially speaking. By leveraging that totally unexplored area within the market, Torqeedo took its space, managing to write an important page for the present of electric motors, but above all for the future of green mobility.

A quality recognition that rewards hard work

As easily imaginable, the commercial boating market has become more and more demanding over the years: not only high quality is sought, but also good resistance. However, this is also a sector where it is possible to obtain excellent results by switching to electric. 

Torqeedo’s outboard lineup

Commenting on Torqeedo’s central role in this historic period is Jochen Czabke, senior vice president product development and global service for the company:

“It’s gratifying to have our products and company recognized for excellence by Work Boat World. The commercial marine market is very demanding when it comes to product quality and durability. But it’s also where some of the greatest gains can be realized by going electric. Electrification reduces maintenance, noise and emissions, while increasing crew and passenger safety, health and enjoyment.”

The rich catalog of outboards

Which are the products that drove Torqeedo towards this prestigious award? The company has supplied emission-free electric drive systems for a rich variety of commercial marine applications. Let’s name a few!

Let’s think, for example, of the electric ferries that manage the transfer of commuters in the metropolitan city of Bangkok. The idea stems from the electrification project of urban traffic, covering the numerous canals of the city, thanks to Torqeedo electric drive systems.

It also plays a key role in promoting access to education and health care for members of the Achuar tribe in Ecuador. Not to mention the Efinor’s Sea Cleaner, designed to clean up pollution in inland waterways and ports.

No less important is the Circular Explorer, a Torqeedo solar-powered boat that is actively fighting plastic pollution in our seas and oceans by cleaning up Manila Bay.

The electric turn

As previously mentioned, electric drives on autonomous vessels are useful for collecting ocean data and monitoring sea level rise. In Canada, they are also used to save fuel when fishing for lobsters, thus reducing the carbon footprint.

This quarry push boat easily handles 40-ton barges all day, every day since 2015. Credits: Quarry barge

In the case of public transport, however, they can also improve traffic flow and air quality. Therefore, important benefits were recorded for each use, as confirmed by Czabke himself:

“Even lifeboats, rescue boats, and windfarm support vessels are being converted to battery-electric or hybrid systems,” said Czabke. “The light commercial fleet is leading the way toward a more sustainable blue economy.”

For its part, since that distant 2005, Torqeedo has learned to integrate a good duration with the reliability of an electrical system, respecting the requests of professional sailors. It did so by developing electric and hybrid propulsion systems from 0.5 kW up to 200 kW of power, including batteries, accelerators, controls and displays. All backed by worldwide testing and support.