Johnson Controls is soon to begin production of advanced lithium-ion batteries for electric motor boats. The battery packs are for German boat manufacturer Torqeedo, to power a boat called Deep Blue, an 80-horsepower electric motor boat.
JCI has made its plug-in HEV battery waterproof and salt resistant to make it appropriate for use in the Deep Blue. The boat combines a large outboard engine with an electric motor, making the Torqeedo clean, quiet and economical to use.
“The collaboration between Johnson Controls and Torqeedo gave birth to a new battery solution. It’s the first time it's ever been used in the marine industry,” said Dr. 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.”
This combination of technologies has won Torqeedo several prestigious awards for innovation in the marine industry. The company is looking to develop more energy storage solutions for marine technology.