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Monday, January 20, 2020 

Torqeedo and ZF have established a partnership aiming for sustainability in waterborne passenger transport.

The companies will integrate ZF’s steerable thrusters into Torqeedo’s Deep Blue 50 kW and 100 kW electric propulsion systems. This will offer excellent manoeuvrability and joystick docking, while eliminating harmful local emissions and reducing an operation’s overall carbon footprint.

Harmful emissions from combustion engines employed in urban ferries and water taxis are are said to amount to up to 100 times the level of harmful substances permitted from diesel engines used in land transport. Electric-powered urban ferries and water taxis will completely eliminate these emissions and reduce the operation’s climate impact from between 30% to 90%. Switching to electric is a smart business choice for most commercial operations because fuel and engine maintenance costs are reduced, lowering the total cost of ownership.

“ZF Group strategy supports transition towards electric mobility in all market segments, from automotive to off-road applications. Accordingly, ZF is continuing to expand its portfolio of environment-friendly marine propulsion solutions; the new fully electric propulsion system will combine ZF’s Steerable Pod Propulsion system (SPP) and Torqeedo technology steering to a cleaner mobility and a more sustainable future. The system will make docking not only intuitive and relaxed, but also emission and noise-free,” said Federico Decio, VP ZF Friedrichshafen.

“Cities around the world have announced their intentions to take their waterways emission-free. By integrating steerable thrusters into the Deep Blue family of products, ZF and Torqeedo are prepared to help cities build the public transport systems of tomorrow,” said Dr Christoph Ballin, CEO and co-founder of Torqeedo.

The companies plan to launch their first joint products by the end of 2020.

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