Torqeedo, which I’ve talked about a lot here on OceanLines, has launched the next generation of its tiller-controlled electric outboard motors. The company says the new Cruise 2.0T and 4.0T are “stronger, faster, more robust and more efficient.
Torqeedo says the motors have a new, innovative display on the tiller, which shows information regarding battery charge status, remaining range, speed over ground and input power. A 4AWG plug-and-go cable set, including fuse and main switch should make the motors more comfortable to use.
Some of the specs:
- Operating on 48V with 8-9.9 hp, the 4.0T motor only weighs 40 lbs.
- The smaller Cruise 2.0T operates at 24V with 5-6 hp and weighs 39 lbs.
- Both models are offered in short and long shaft versions.
- Torqeedo’s new Cruise 2.0T is priced at $3,299, while the Cruise 4.0T is $3,799.
I think Torqeedo has provided one of the two best technology paths for future tender and small-boat propulsion. Most cruising powerboats have plenty of excess electrical generation capacity and keeping some Torqeedo batteries fully charged for the tender shouldn’t pose any kind of real challenge. The benefit is clean, reliable and efficient propulsion. I’ve always wished someone (Evinrude, are you listening?) would develop a new-generation diesel outboard, but I may opt instead for a Torqeedo electric.
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