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


Google Boat with Torqeedo Cruise propulsion

A new unmanned vessel, launched with the help of Google, will map shorelines and raise awareness of the impacts of global sea level rise. The high-tech boat boasts innovative technologies from the boatbuilding, propulsion and mapping fields.

“It’s a Google Boat,” says staff scientist for the San Francisco Baykeeper organization, Ian Wren.

The small, remote-controlled catamaran, a Wave Adapted Modular Vehicle (WAM-V) designed by Marine Advanced Research, features an adaptive hull design that flexes to adapt to the water’s surface and provides ultimate stability. Originally designed to be worn by backpackers, Google’s proprietary Street View Trekker camera system was provided on loan to the Baykeeper organization, allowing them to create stunning, bay-level maps. Clean, powerful and efficient propulsion was a high priority. The group turned to electric propulsion innovator Torqeedo for that task.

The Baykeeper organization plans on using the imagery collected — nearly 500 miles of coastline ranging from San Jose to Antioch, California — on its website and for educational purposes, helping illustrate the threats posed by global sea level change to critical wetlands.

“A lot of people know about sea level rise,” says Sejal Choksi, an environmental lawyer and Baykeeper’s interim director. “We are hoping these images will really bring the reality home to the public, that they will look at pictures of places they know and say, ‘Oh my gosh, this is going to be underwater.’”

Baykeeper’s WAM-V sports twin Cruise 4kW electric outboard motors rigged with Power 26-104 lithium batteries. The WAM-V is able to run for hours with nearly zero environmental footprint, thanks to onboard traditional and solar charging capabilities.

The Google Trekker, WAM-V and Torqeedo technology has also recently completed a mapping project of American Samoa that can be seen here.

For more information on the San Francisco Baykeeper’s Google Boat project, visit the organization at www.baykeeper.org.

Bennington pontoon boat with Torqeedo Cruise

Torqeedo Cruise will power Bennington’s new electric pontoon boats

Bennington Torqeedo Cruise 4.0

Bennington Torqeedo Cruise 4.0

Torqeedo, the world leader in electric boating, is pleased to announce that its Cruise 4.0 motor and lithium-ion batteries will power Bennington’s new Electric Series of pontoon boats. The company’s environmentally sound 9.9 hp equivalent Cruise motor provides the power and speed enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts, while Bennington’s S-Series 20-24′ pontoon boats supply complete luxury.

“Our customers have been asking for an electric power offering and Torqeedo motors provide a clean, quiet and powerful solution for our pontoon enthusiasts,” said Todd Meier, Bennington’s VP of sales and engine operations. “The Electric Series will bring unrivaled efficiency, access and ease-of-use to our customers.”

“There are thousands of electric-only or horsepower-restricted waters in the United States, and that number steadily rises each year,” said Steve Trkla, president of Torqeedo, Inc. “Previously, recreational users had to settle for using underpowered trolling motors for reaching these waters, some of the most beautiful and pristine in the country, only by canoe or kayak. Because Torqeedo outboards don’t pollute the air or water, they are welcome on restricted waters.”

With plush seating that can be configured to provide the perfect fishing boat or party platform and an elegantly designed helm with Bluetooth stereo, Bennington’s S-Series gives owners the flexibility to build the pontoon of their dreams. Now, with Torqeedo’s electric motors, they have the freedom to take that dream anywhere.

Light 18 Twin Torqeedo Cruise

Torqeedo powers Light 18 from Wing Systems

The new Light 18 from Wing Systems is the first of a new wave in power boating. Propelled by emission-free Torqeedo Cruise electric motors, this revolutionary craft has set a new standard for high performance and low environmental impact.

Named as the acronym for Low-Impact Green Hull Technology, the Light 18′s hydrodynamic hulls were designed specifically to take advantage of the benefits of Torqeedo’s high-efficiency electric outboards without sacrificing maneuverability, stability and speed. Equipped with two Torqeedo Cruise 9.9 hp motors and four lithium batteries, the Light 18 has a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 10-12 knots. At a touring speed of 6-8 knots it has a range of up to 10 hours. Clean, gasoline-free operation makes the Light 18 particularly useful for environmentally sensitive applications such as water quality management or reservoir maintenance.

“Making its debut at Charleston Race Week as a media platform, the Light 18 was quick, nimble and able to get close to the action without disturbing the sailors with wake, noise and exhaust,” said Steve Trkla, president of Torqeedo, Inc. “Torqeedo’s quiet electric motors allow for easy communication on the water, so they’re ideal for safety vessels or coaching boats.”

“It was clear to me that Torqeedo motors allowed us to address an emerging need in the marketplace,” said Skip Barker, Wing Systems’ director of special projects. “This is the first time Wing Systems has built a power boat and using the Cruise motor fulfills our company goals of creating environmentally sustainable marine products. Torqeedo’s been a terrific partner and a joy to work with.”

Founded over 30 years ago, Wing Systems is a pioneer in the design of high-performance sailboards and other small craft, both commercial and recreational.
A market leader in the electric outboard motor industry, Torqeedo is committed to superior technology and cutting-edge design. The company’s products are offered in over 40 countries worldwide.

More information on the Light 18 can be found at www.wingsystems.com or by contacting Skip Barker at 516-922-2656 or skipbarker@wingsystems.com.