We’re being told every day that land transportation needs to go green to save the planet – but how about naval transportation, which causes much more harmful emissions?!
BMW is lending a helping hand in this department as well – with the i3’s lithium-ion battery system ready to hit the deep blue sea as part of the energy storage solution for new electric boats being manufactured by German company Torqeedo. The i3 battery pack will be used to power Torqeedo’s Deep Blue line of inboard and outboard motor crafts – with the German company also giving us performance details. You can go for five hours of boating when leisurely travelling at 4 knots (5 miles per hour) – but only half hour of full throttle is available. he Deep Blue powerplants can be had with 44 horsepower (33 kilowatts) and 89 hp (66 kW), comparable to 40 hp (30 kW) and 80 hp (60 kW) traditional, gasoline-fueled marine engines.
Torqeedo also has the Deep Blue Hybrid line with up to 160 hp (119 kW) for sailboats as a complete powertrain unit, including on-board solar cells. As for the i3, BMW updated its powertrain components last year with the battery capacity soaring to 33 kilowatt hours for a new range of 114 miles (184 kilometers). The next generation model is also allegedly in development, aiming for performance capabilities that will rival those of the Chevrolet Bolt – both in terms of power and range.