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Torqeedo and WhisperPower cooperate for the Deep Blue family


01/04/2020 - 20:08

Torqeedo announced a new 25 kW range extender for its Deep Blue system, optimized for commercial operations and applications which require extended motoring, developed in cooperation with WhisperPower. The 350V DC converter generator boasts a Mitsubishi S4Q2 four-cylinder diesel engine with crankshaft starting.

The range extender’s variable frequency operation eliminates the fixed ratio between power, voltage output and rotational speed and produces all required combinations of power and voltage on demand. These sophisticated power electronics also allow the engine to run at its most efficient operating point, minimizing fuel consumption, noise, vibration and exhaust. The range extender consumes only 25g of fuel per kWh of electricity produced and generates very little noise: just 54 db(A) at 7 meters distance.

When integrated into Deep Blue Hybrid, the range extender is part of an advanced feature set which offers unparalleled convenience, luxury and autonomy on board. The system harvests renewable energy from solar panels and hydrogeneration to charge the high-capacity batteries, manufactured by BMW i. The powerful Deep Blue electric motors plus all hotel loads, including air conditioning, are silently powered from these sustainable sources. When long-range motoring is required, the generator is controlled automatically by the Advanced Hybrid Control System and ensures worry-free backup power.

“Torqeedo is pleased to enter into this alliance with WhisperPower. The product synergy is perfect.” said Christoph Ballin, co-founder and CEO of Torqeedo.

Roel ter Heide, founder and CEO of WhisperPower, is proud the partnership is a done deal now. “We have known each other for many years, in fact both companies have more or less the same age. We have a great deal of respect looking at the achievements of Torqeedo, from starting as a pioneer in this field to becoming market leader now. As electric propulsion systems become more powerful, a backup or auxiliary power system is becoming more and more relevant. This is WhisperPower’s core business: smart power generation systems, our so-called Genverters, are based on low-emission, compact diesel engines which we manufacture from 4 kW to 150 kW. As WhisperPower does not intend to go beyond power generation and conversion, Torqeedo is now offering a great opportunity as a customer excelling in green propulsion systems. A perfect match I would say”.

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