Electric outboard manufacturer, Torqeedo, has modified some of its models to specifically meet the demands of commercial users.
The company's redesigned ‘Cruise' line now boasts a solid aluminum lower housing that protects against impact damage and provides increased mechanical support for the propeller shaft. It also has improved shaft sealant rings and lubricant-free polymer bearings that defend against fishing line or debris. Torqeedo's Cruise line includes five hp and eight hp equivalents, and has an established history of powering pontoons, sailboats, small boats, work boats and water taxis since its introduction in 2008.
"We initially focused on building a more rugged Cruise motor for commercial and rental operations,' said Steve Trkla, President and General Manager of Torqeedo, Inc. "Our engineers in Germany delivered such an outstanding product that we've incorporated the changes across the board. The new Cruise motor is now available in North America through Torqeedo dealers and our boat builder partners.'
The line retains its core features such as GPS-based range calculation, up-to-the-minute accurate battery status and speed calculations as well as the ability to work with accessories like Torqeedo's smartphone app, TorqTrac.
The aluminum lower housing has been in testing with commercial operations for several months. "We've been using Torqeedo motors on our fleet for several years now and were excited to test the improved Cruise,' says Bob Bekoff, Owner of a water taxi fleet in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. "The water taxi business places extreme demands on the motors' durability and the new Cruise has performed flawlessly.'