Torqeedo, the Germany-based winner of multiple innovation awards, introduces a high-tech electric outboard with outstanding thrust. The Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 offers the thrust force of a 6 hp gas outboard making it the most powerful 24 V outboard on the market.The Cruise motor is designed for boats with a displacement of up to 3 tons. It is the perfect engine to travel green lakes, where the use of gas outboards is restricted. The outboard can also be used as a high-performance trolling motor or as a reserve motor for powerboats.
In a class of its own, the superior performance of the Cruise is due to its high-tech driveline. Cutting-edge propeller and motor technologies enable the Cruise to convert the existing battery supply into propulsion up to twice as efficiently as conventional electric outboards.
Taking into consideration all losses, including propeller losses, the Cruise 2.0 reaches an incredible overall efficiency of 44%. Almost half of the energy stored in the battery supply is translated into propulsion of the boat. Conventional electric outboards typically range in the area of 20%. The overall efficiency of gas outboards is even lower.
"Especially for stronger electric outboards, the overall efficiency is extremely important," explains Olaf Knueppel, president of the Torqeedo U.S. branch. "Electric outboards with poor overall efficiency waste energy twice. On the one hand, they waste a lot of battery capacity instead of turning it into propulsion. On the other hand, they stress batteries unnecessarily with high current demands, which lead-based batteries cannot handle."
Weighing only 40 lbs., the Cruise is also much lighter than other outboards in its power class. The motor can be powered with traditional lead, lead-gel or AGM batteries or with Torqeedo’s high-performance lithium-manganese big packs.
Available in long- and short-shaft versions, the suggested retail price of the Cruise 2.0 from Torqeedo is $2,299. Optional cable sets and remote throttle controls are also available.
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