Torqeedo power

Practical Boat Owner - - New Gear -

Stand: Torqeedo BO80

The tech­nol­ogy be­hind elec­tric propul­sion has been ad­vanc­ing rapidly over the past few years and is mak­ing ever larger in­roads into the boat­ing world. Torqeedo will have the lat­est ver­sion of its best-sell­ing Travel 1003 out­board at the show. This has suf­fi­cient range to pro­pel a small boat or ten­der more than 10 miles with a bat­tery con­sump­tion equiv­a­lent to 40ml of petrol.

Other mod­els on dis­play in­clude the award-win­ning Cruise Fixed Pod (FP) range of saildrive-style units. Th­ese of­fer high-tech propul­sion with power equiv­a­lent to 5-20hp diesel in­boards, yet are ex­tremely com­pact. The mo­tors have an ex­tra ro­bust de­sign that’s wear­resis­tant and main­te­nance free.

Torqeedo is also dis­play­ing the lat­est of its in­no­va­tive batteries for the first time at Southamp­ton. The Power 48-5000 is a high-per­for­mance 5,000Wh lithium bat­tery. Its bat­tery man­age­ment sys­tem has in­te­grated pro­tec­tion against over­charg­ing, short cir­cuit, deep dis­charge, po­lar­ity re­ver­sal, over­heat­ing and sub­mer­sion. Prices: from £1,699

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