Tesla yacht coming to market? Not yet, but Torqeedo's technology has already been appreciated by one of the company's leaders.
Dr. Charles Kuyemann is the head of materials development for Tesla and its subsidiary Space X. He recently bought the new 43ft Elan GT5 sailing yacht and installed an electric drive system on it Torqeedo Deep Blue.
The system is powered by two 10kWh Deep Blue batteries, which also provide the yacht's AC load via a 15kW inverter supported by a small diesel generator. As Kuyemann said, “Before purchasing the Elan GT5, I researched a lot of the state of the art and powerful electric drives in the maritime market. I wanted to prove that the transition to electricity is not only possible, but also brings many benefits. ”
Like most electric vehicle owners, Charles is quite pleased with the performance of the electric drivetrain. “I use it in the marina where I need more control over the yacht. On electricity, it turns out to be much smoother to maneuver than on diesel. Instant torque and instant power delivery make the yacht very easy to handle. ”
“And it's not just about sustainability,” the doctor continues. “It's also much more convenient. Fuel filling is no longer needed: I just go to the dock and my "tank" is full. Now, on a cruise and overnight, I notice that I have more energy available than when I am connected to the dock. The generator runs for half an hour to an hour a day. I can plan everything and use any electrical appliances on board without fear of being left without electricity. ”
“It makes sense to put electric and hybrid generators on sailboats”Kuyemann concluded. "They work quite well and make a great yacht experience."
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