Torqeedo, a German-based maker of electric outboard motors and accessories, will use Johnson Controls’ Li-ion automotive battery packs to power its Deep Blue 80 hp electric boat motor.
Johnson modified its PHEV battery, making it waterproof and resistant to salt water, for Torqeedo’s marine application. The battery behemoth will begin production of the new battery packs this spring at its plant in Holland, Michigan.
“With our leading battery expertise, we helped our customer combine two distinct technologies – the large outboard engine and electric motor – making the Torqeedo Deep Blue system a real game-changer,” said Holger Jetses, VP of Johnson Controls Power Solutions’ Original Equipment group, EMEA. “In bringing this innovative product to the marine market we are helping to provide a cleaner, quieter and more economical boating experience for users.”
“The collaboration between Johnson Controls and Torqeedo gave birth to a new battery solution. It’s the first time ever used in the marine industry,” said Torqeedo CEO Dr. Christoph Ballin. “By integrating the high performance automotive batteries for use in boats and ships, Torqeedo is pleased to bring this truly unique product to market.”
Deep Blue has won several boating industry awards, including the 2013 Innovation Award at the National Marine Manufacturers Association conference in Miami, and the 2012 DAME Award at the METS show in Amsterdam.