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Torqeedo wins Pittman Award for Pod Motors & Rudder Drive

13th February 2017
This is the second major industry recognition for Torqeedo’s alternative to a saildrive This is the second major industry recognition for Torqeedo’s alternative to a saildrive

Torqeedo, the global leader in the fast-growing electric propulsion industry, has been honoured with a fourth Pittman Innovation Award by SAIL Magazine, for its Cruise Fixed Pod motor series and the ground-breaking Rudder Drive. In Ireland, Torqueedo is distributed by Union Chandlery in Cork.

Working with Hanse Yachts and rudder builder Jefa Marine, Torqeedo adapted its 8 HP equivalent Cruise 4.0 FP with folding propeller to allow its integration into the rudder blade of the new Hanse 315 e-motion. Weighing 200 lbs less than a comparable diesel engine, the Rudder Drive is emission-free and almost silent. It offers regenerative power while under sail, delivering unmatched manoeuvrability, due to the 100 degrees of rudder travel, eliminating the need for bow and/or stern thrusters.

This is the second major industry recognition for Torqeedo’s alternative to a saildrive, in three months. The Cruise FP system was named Overall Winner at the DAME Awards 2016, at METSTRADE Show in Amsterdam.

Christoph Ballin, co-founder and CEO of Torqeedo, comments, “We are honoured to receive this award. Torqeedo has a strong relationship with sailors the world over. It's a market segment that not only appreciates the technology, but understands and respects our commitment to the environment.”

It is not the first time Torqeedo receives the Pittman Innovation Award, named after a long-time technical editor of US-based SAIL magazine. In 2016, the company was recognised for its Deep Blue Hybrid system. It also won in 2012 for its Cruise 2.0/4.0 and in 2007 for its Travel 801 outboard. Last year, the company won the Most Eco-Friendly Marine Business of 2016 at the 21st China International Boat Show in Shanghai.

Published in Marine Trade

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