In its current issue (free download PDF), the eMove360° magazine in german language is dedicated to urban mobility technologies, such as the autonomous, electric water taxis for Kiel. Autonomous electric water taxis are an important part of Kiel’s plans for next-generation intermodal public transport. The Torqeedo powered “Wavelab” will be an advanced project for sustainable urban mobility technologies.
Torqeedo has received an order to supply a complete electric propulsion system for a pioneering autonomous boat in the German city of Kiel. The electric ship, called Wavelab, will serve as a research platform for the Clean Autonomous Public Transport Network (CAPTN) initiative in Kiel. The aim of the program is to create the infrastructure for an integrated inner-city mobility network based on several modes of transport on water and land.
“Wavelab” is being built by the Gebr. Friedrich shipyard in Kiel and is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2022.Torqeedo was selected to supply the fully integrated electric drive system. The package includes two 50 kW Deep Blue motors with steerable rudder propellers and six Deep Blue lithium-ion batteries with a total capacity of 240 kWh. Four Power 24-3500 batteries supply the 24 V vehicle electrical system. The system is completed by a 22 kW fast charger, a DC/DC converter and a DC/AC converter.
As an open platform, the “Wavelab” will support the research and development of the necessary technologies aimed at a future clean and autonomous local transport network on the Kiel Fjord. Based on a modular concept, the ship will be very flexible to integrate new technology projects. “The advantages of the electric drive are obvious, because it is emission-free and quiet,” said Sönke Stich, sales manager at Gebr. Friedrich. “Torqeedo is a clear leader in sustainable mobility technology and will be a solid partner in the development of this unique ship.”
“Electromobility and automation can help decongest cities and reduce air pollution by shifting traffic from roads to underutilized waterways,” said Dr. Michael Rummel, Managing Director of Torqeedo. “Torqeedo facilitates this change with modular, reliable and safe electric drive systems from a single source. We look forward to working with the Kiel CAPTN team to advance the state of the art and help bring this modern, highly automated integrated transport network to life awaken.” www.torqeedo.com; www.qfwerft.de
You can find more articles on the subject of mobility 4.0 electrically-connected-autonomously in the current issue of the eMove360° magazine in german language (free download PDF).