The BMW i3 high-capacity battery will be the new powerhouse for German boat maker 'Torqeedo' and its Deep Blue electric drive systems. Co-founder and CEO of Torqeedo, Christoph Ballin, could not be happier saying: "The BMW i high-voltage batteries are a model of extraordinary reliability and performance for electric mobility." BMW i is equally as excited to be powering sustainibilty on the road and now the water.
INTEGRATION AT THE CORE.
The success of the BMW i3 is, in part, down to the design of the battery and its central design concept of easy integration. The ability of the lithium-ion batteries, from the BMW Group's Dingolfing plant, to integrate with watercraft confirms the sustainable innovation behind BMW i. Dr Alexander Kotouc, Head of Product Management, BMW i commented: "This successful transfer of the latest automotive technology to the water is a testament to the value of the integrated approach that underpins BMW i".
IT'S A RAPIDLY INCREASING PROBLEM.
To help slow down the rate at which air pollution is increasing, we have reduced the amount of energy required to produce our vehicles through the installation of wind turbines to enable green power manufacturing. Even compared to the low energy requirements for the production of other BMW models, we have managed to halve the amount of energy required to product a BMW i3.
IT HARMS THE HEALTH OF MILLIONS.
It's imperative to improve air quality by reducing CO₂ and NOx emissions, which is why we have reduced emissions by 50% in BMW i CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) production compared to conventional CFRP production.
CHILDREN ARE IMPACTED MORE.
Supporting initiatives that educate children in future sustainability is vital. That's why BMW recently supported an electric car challenge hosted by the Greenpower Education Trust whereby students – guided by their teachers and an industry mentor – had to design, build and then race an electric car.
Torqeedo has been a global leader in the production and development of electric and hybrid propulsion systems for boats since 2005. The Starnberg-based company see the 94Ah/34kWh high-voltage batteries as the next step in its development as well as a step in the right direction for the industry as a whole. The new batteries will allow Torqeedo to develop a new line of silent, cost-effective and environmentally friendly boats, providing the opportunity for companies to move on from traditional boat propulsion systems.
Use of the BMW i high-voltage battery in drive systems for Torqeedo has opened up a range of applications. Another area is stationary energy storage, where the batteries are also used to increase the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings by providing intermediate storage for renewable energy generated by solar and wind installations.
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