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Torqeedo travels

Torqeedo has revealed its next-generation Travel family of electric outboards, including the flagship Travel XP.

16 November 2023

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Marine electric drive manufacturer Torqeedo has revealed the next generation of its Travel range of electric outboard engines.

First launched in 2005, the Travel range has sold 100,000 units to date, according to Torqeedo.

“The new Travel family marks the opening of a new chapter of Torqeedo products,” says Fabian Bez, CEO of Torqeedo. “The original Travel was Torqeedo’s first product and the one that disrupted an industry. The new lineup serves an even broader range of boating applications, adds many user-centric features, and allows boaters to fully customise their travel experience to meet their individual needs.

“The customers’ demands are at the very core of our product development – resulting in the Travel XP: Our latest product with up to 1,600W input power clearly closes a gap in the market.”

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The new Travel family’s modular design starts with four packages. The Adventure Package pairs a 1,100W Travel and a 1,080Wh battery with a new mounting and steering system that gets kayak anglers quickly and stealthily to their secret spots.

The Essential Package pairs a 1,100 W outboard motor with a 1,080Wh battery. The Range Package substitutes a higher-capacity battery (1,425 Wh) to increase range, and the Power Package offers a heavy-duty 1,600W direct-drive motor and a 1,425Wh battery for larger vessels or rougher/coastal conditions.

Once the package is selected, an array of charging, propeller, and accessory options allow boaters to customise their Travel solution.

“These innovative outboards are designed to be ultra-easy to use, transport, and stow, and the click-and-play battery means no more cables to connect,” says Thomas Wiedemann, senior vice president of global program management at Torqeedo.

“Once the battery is removed with a click and the tiller is folded, the compact and lightweight motor is easy to hand up and down to the dinghy, fits easily in a lazarette, and won’t leak fuel and oil while stored.”

The 180W charger is said to cut charge times in half, and a backlit, full-colour display takes Torqeedo’s user interface with onboard GPS-calculated real-time range and runtime and makes it even easier to read.

TorqLink, Torqeedo’s communications protocol, and Bluetooth and WiFi are built in so owners can connect with Torqeedo’s new smartphone app, TorqView. The app enables new features, including maps, trip logs, and over-the-air updates.

An improved tiller is said to ease docking and launching with its foldable design which allows users to change the direction of forward and reverse, increase or decrease friction, and even use while standing.

For boats with a rudder or steering wheel, the Power Package’s Travel XP can be ordered as a remote model designed to connect to standard Teleflex steering, and an optional remote kit is also available to convert a tiller-steered Travel. The new, 90-degree tilt-equipped transom mount design lets users raise the motor completely out of the water, and the new 3-stage rotation control lever lets boaters quickly choose between fixed steering, +/- 60-degree steering, and 360-degree, fully rotatable steering.

“The entire user experience, down to the new connected features and the smartphone app, leverages Torqeedo’s 18 years of experience in building the world’s best electric drive systems and brings it to a new generation of boaters who demand greener, cleaner, and more thoughtfully designed products,” says Sven Mostögl, senior vice president of branded retail.

“This launch is the start of a new chapter for Torqeedo. Not only are we significantly reshaping and sharpening the product portfolio and brand appearance, but we have also made the next decisive step in building the future of electric boating.”

The new Travel family of boating products and accessories will be available in early 2024.

 

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