Rand aims to make electric boating a Picnic

The introduction of Rand Boats‘ Picnic and Picnic Sport motorboats now offers a lightweight, large-capacity, electric-powered alternative to traditional gas-powered boats. Able to seat up to 10 people and weighing in at a relatively svelte 280 kg (617 lb), both models can sail for up to 16 hours at a maximum speed of 13 km/h (8 mph) depending on the choice of motors and batteries.

The Rand Picnic Sport features a steering wheel and adjustable table The Rand Boats are powered by an electric outboard motor The Rand Picnic and Picnic Sport can be easily towed The Rand Boats have 700 liters of storage
Featuring a 2 x 5-meter (6.5 x 16-foot) hull made of recycled plastic bottles and wooden elements obtained entirely from sustainable forests, the Rand boats are claimed to be environmentally friendly, and require little maintenance.

Safety features include rounded hulls with protective rubber fenders and wide edges, anti-slip floors and a self-draining floor. There’s also plenty of storage and capacity for a boat of this size, at 700 liters (about 25 cu. ft) and 900 kg (1,984 lb) respectively.

Owners have a choice of either lithium or gel batteries that can be charged while plugged in at the dock, removed and charged elsewhere, or charged through the boat’s solar cells. The available Torqeedo electric outboard motor can be easily removed to transport back and forth between the boats when necessary.

Options include a steering wheel instead of the tiller, an adjustable table to replace the standard fixed version, a wooden deck, and multiple cushions that be stowed in the storage compartment.

Both models can be ordered off of the company website. The Picnic starts at €9,995 (approximately US$10,800) while the Picnic Sport, which includes most of the available options, is priced at €12,950 ($14,000). Motors and batteries are sold separately, depending on the buyer’s preference.

The Rand Picnic and Picnic Sport join several other electric boats introduced over the last couple of years, including Sky Yacht’s electric Joyboat and the Loon.

Take a look at the video below to see the Picnic model on the water.

Source: GIZMAG


Torqeedo Deep Blue Hybrid wins 2016 Pittman Innovation Award

PittmanAwards2016-winnerTorqeedo, the same company that made a name for itself building viable electric outboards, now appears ready for the big-time with its new Deep Blue Hybrid system for boats from 40ft to 80ft. Employing the same motors found in the company’s larger outboards, Deep Blue represents a fully integrated system of high-end components of 18 different types connected by four different types of circuits. Although custom systems of this type have existed for a while, the advantage to Deep Blue is that boatbuilders and owners now have the benefit of a hybrid drive comprised of “carefully matched and integrated components with a single company responsible for the functionality of the installation and its compliance with regulatory standards.” In other words, what Torqeedo is offering is a reliable turnkey system with the backing of a single, established manufacturer, eliminating what has thus far proved to be a major hurdle to this kind of technology truly going mainstream.


Torqeedo Deep Blue powered raft on Colorado River

Colorado River Discovery is going to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by introducing a new, completely electric raft used to travel down the Colorado River.

Colorado River Discovery, a group that takes tourists on trips down the Colorado River, has been working on the raft for 10 years. The raft is named Helios, in homage to the God of the Sun in Greek mythology.

“A company called Torqeedo, which is based in Germany, developed an incredibly efficient, 100-percent electric outboard motor that we have put on this raft,” Korey Seyler, general manager at Colorado River Discovery, said.

Seyler said the raft will not produce any emissions and will run from power from a charging station at Glen Canyon Dam.

“It’s actually produced by hydroelectric power that charges this, so that’s what brings the zero emissions out,” he said.

The company has been setting aside money since 2006 to pay for the raft, Seyler said.

“We’ve actually set aside $1.50 for each guest we take down the river over the past 10 years in order to help with the research, development, and manufacturing of this raft,” he said.

Seyler said customers can start riding the raft this spring after its official launch on Earth Day, Apr. 22.


Hapag-Lloyd equips Zodiacs with Torqeedo Deep Blue electric motors

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has become the first cruise operator to install eco-friendly electric motors onboard the rubber Zodiac boats on its expedition vessels, Hanseatic and Bremen.

Used to take guests to inaccessible areas in some of the world’s most remote regions, the Zodiacs have been equipped with Deep Blue electric motors from German manufacturer Torqeedo. The 80 horsepower motors have been piloted over the past year and showed a ‘previously unseen level of output’.

Unlike combustion motors, the Deep Blue electric propulsion system does not release emissions or harmful substances into the water, helping to protect the vulnerable waters Hapag-Lloyd’s excursions visit. In addition, the motors are ‘considerably quieter’ than the Zodiacs’ previous 36 horsepower motors.

“For years, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ ships have used low-emissions marine diesel in fragile cruising areas such as the Arctic and Antarctic, and equipping our expedition Zodiacs with electric motors represents another investment in the future of our environment,” said Karl Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. “With their flora and fauna, our cruise destinations are key to the appeal of our itineraries and we want to protect what fascinates us.”