Torqeedo reveals all-new Travel family
The marine e-mobility leader has launched its next generation of electric outboard motors including the 1,600W direct-drive Travel XP.
Torqeedo has debuted its all-new Travel family of clean boating products and accessories at Metstrade in Amsterdam, with the products available from early 2024. Founded in 2005, Torqeedo has delivered more than 100,000 Travel motors, which make up about 40 per cent of the company’s total production of 250,000 drive systems to date.
The new modular Travel design is available in four packages: Adventure, Essential, Range and Power. The Adventure Package pairs a 1,100W outboard and a 1,080Wh battery with an innovative mounting and steering system that gets kayak anglers quickly and stealthily to their secret spots.
The Essential Package is the original Travel redefined, pairing a 1,100W outboard motor with a 1,080Wh battery. The Range Package includes a higher-capacity battery (1,425Wh) for greater distance, while the Power Package has a heavy-duty 1,600W direct-drive motor and 1,425Wh battery, making it suitable for bigger boats or more challenging water conditions.
Once the package is selected, a multitude of charging, propeller, and accessory options allow boaters to build their ideal electric Travel companion.
Fabian Bez, CEO of Torqeedo, said: “The new Travel family marks the opening of a new chapter of Torqeedo products. The original Travel was Torqeedo’s first product and the one that disrupted an industry. A true icon which now has been redefined.
“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 1600W input power clearly closes a gap in the market.”
The included 180W charger cuts charge times in half, while a backlit, full-colour display makes it easier to read Torqeedo’s intuitive user interface with onboard GPS-calculated real-time range and runtime.
With variable speed and steering controls, the new tiller eases docking and launching with its precise, foldable and customisable design. Owners can change the direction of forward and reverse, increase or decrease friction, and even use while standing.
Thomas Wiedemann, Senior Vice President Global Program Management, added: “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. 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.”
TorqLink, Torqeedo’s advanced communications protocol, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are built in so owners can connect with Torqeedo’s new smartphone app, TorqView. The app enables a host of new features including maps, trip logs and over-the-air updates.
Motor updates can be performed anywhere there’s an internet connection, meaning the Travel is always up-to-date, safe, reliable and efficient. Torqeedo owners can also opt-in to allow Torqeedo and its authorised service centres to collect system information to provide the fastest and most efficient service and maintenance experience possible.
For boats with a rudder or steering wheel, the Power Package’s Travel XP can be ordered as a remote model with everything you need 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 you raise the motor completely out of the water, and the practical new three-stage rotation control lever lets you quickly choose between fixed steering, +/- 60-degree steering, and 360-degree, fully rotatable steering.
Sven Mostögl, Senior Vice President Branded Retail, said: “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.
“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’ve also made the next decisive step in building the future of electric boating.”