Spirit 111 makes debut with Torqeedo’s Deep Blue 100i system
One of the largest sailing yachts with electric propulsion ever built, the 34-metre Spirit 111, makes its debut powered by a Torqeedo Deep Blue 100i system.
“The owner wanted the most environmentally friendly yacht ever built,” explains Nigel Stuart, Spirit Yachts’ Managing Director. “Torqeedo supplied, installed and integrated an electric propulsion and energy management system that helped bring that vision to life.”
With four 40 kWh Deep Blue batteries, the Torqeedo can drive the boat at eight knots for up to 40 nm – emission-free.
“Modern oceangoing yachts can now be truly CO2-neutral thanks to electric mobility,” says Dr Christoph Ballin, CEO and co-founder of Torqeedo. “Loud, smelly diesel generators are obsolete or reduced to a backup role because sailing yachts can generate power themselves using solar cells, hydrogeneration, and wind generators.”
He adds: “The Spirit 111 marks a major leap forward for electric mobility on the water, and it’s only fitting that this remarkable sailing yacht is not only powered by Torqeedo, its tender will be powered by our 100,000th electric propulsion system.”
This year the German engineering company is celebrating its 15th year in business. “We’ve come a long way since 2005,” continues Dr Ballin. “Our first electric outboards for small inflatables and sailboats were rated at 400 Watts of power. The Spirit 111 propulsion system delivers 100 kW (100,000 W), and even the Spirit’s tender motor has a peak output of 12 kW.
“We now have the technology for genuinely climate-neutral travel and transport on the water.”