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Torqeedo powers innovative amphibious vehicle
The MSV Explorer Mk3 is an extremely unique marine vehicle that can be driven straight from the beach into the sea – eliminating the need for heavy lifting equipment. It is an electrically powered, dual controlled, surface water craft with tracks on soft suspension making it extremely easy to drive. It sits two passengers within an acrylic cockpit, 1.2 metres below the surface of the water, providing a 360 degree panorama of the sub-surface marine environment without the need for scuba gear or any specialist training.
Torqeedo is supplying two of its Cruise 2.0 R electric motors on each vessel. The high thrust electric outboards have been mechanically altered to sit at a 90 degree angle and the shafts shortened to provide the optimum positioning on the craft.
Chris Garner, inventor of the unique water craft and managing director at MSV Explorer, says, “We are extremely impressed with the performance of Torqeedo’s engines, not to mention the support of its technical department, which has been invaluable in creating the final product. Torqeedo’s outboards are perfect for powering the MSV Explorer Mk3 as the engines are silent and do not damage the environment. This is extremely important to us, as we know the vehicle is going to be used for “sea safaris”, where protecting the natural sealife and habitat is paramount. We are using two Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 R engines, which will power the vessel beyond normal loads, helping to save energy and achieve greater momentum and manoeuvrability.
Already piloted by Germany’s Search & Rescue Department, MSV Explorer is anticipating sales of more than 50 of the MSV Explorer Mk3 over the next two years. Retailing at £65,000, the unusual vessel is manufactured on the Isle of Wight and is available to order now.
For further information on any of Torqeedo’s high-tech electric outboard range, please visit www.torqeedo.com.