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Johnson Controls lithium-ion auto battery powers Torqeedo boat motors

March 1, 2013
| By Pete Daly |
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Johnson Controls powers forward with electric motor
Courtesy Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is scheduled to begin production of battery packs this spring at its advanced battery plant in Holland for a German company’s 80-horsepower all-electric outboard boat motor.

The company, Torqeedo, will use Johnson Controls’ Li-ion automotive battery packs to power its award-winning 80-horsepower electric boat motor called Deep Blue.

“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, vice president and general manager for 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.”

Johnson Controls modified its Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) battery, making the product waterproof and resistant to salt water, for Torqeedo’s marine application.

“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 Christoph Ballin, Torqeedo’s CEO. “By integrating the high performance automotive batteries for use in boats and ships, Torqeedo is pleased to bring this truly unique product to market.”

Earlier this month, Torqueedo’s Deep Blue received the 2013 Innovation Award at the National Marine Manufacturers Association conference in Miami. The motor was also the overall winner of the prestigious 2012 DAME Award at the world’s largest marine equipment show, METS, in Amsterdam in November. The awards jury praised Torqeedo’s groundbreaking research and development, citing Deep Blue as “truly original.” There were 115 marine industry innovations from 25 countries submitted in the METS competition.

Torqeedo was founded in 2005 in Starnberg, Germany, and makes a range of outboard motors ranging from 1 to 80 horsepower.

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