Torqeedo powers electric vessels in Vietnam
Torqeedo is supplying electric propulsion systems for a fleet of 15 new passenger excursion boats recently delivered to Vinpearl’s newest resort development at Hoi An, Vietnam.
The nine-metre FRP displacement craft, built by Song Lo Shipbuilding in Nha Trang, are powered by Torqeedo Deep Blue 80 inboard electric motors with BMW i3 lithium batteries.
“Vinpearl will achieve significantly lower operating costs by equipping the boats with electric motors instead of combustion engines, with zero fuel costs, lower maintenance requirements and an industry-leading capacity warranty,” said David Hunter, managing director, Torqeedo Asia Pacific Ltd.
Mr Hunter added that guests will have a much more pleasant onboard experience as they cruise through the park, skimming silently through the water with no engine noise, no vibration and no exhaust fumes on deck.
Vinpearl is the largest hospitality group in Vietnam with a chain of luxury hotels, villas and theme parks across the country.
The new boats are being deployed at Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An, a massive 62.4-hectare theme park that opened 28 April 28.
The whisper-quiet electric boats allow guests to get close to the rare animals that live in the River Safari without disturbing their natural behaviour.
Mr Hunter said that Torqeedo is seeing increasing demand for electric and hybrid boats in Asia with fleet operators actively pursuing green technologies to reduce air and water pollution.
Torqeedo has a significant number of other marine electric mobility projects currently underway in the region.
By Anne-Marie Causer
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