Torqeedo restructures management team
Deutz has announced the restructuring of the management of its subsidiary Torqeedo. In future, Ralf Plieninger and Michael Rummel will take over management of the German company specialising in electric boat engines. Torqeedo founder Christoph Ballin will only engage in an advisory capacity.
Deutz acquires Futavis battery know-how
Deutz has acquired fellow-German company Futavis, a development service provider of battery management hardware and software. Now Deutz subsidiary Torqeedo can include battery technology in the high-voltage range.
Off-highway hybrid concept by Deutz
Deutz is coming to the Intermat in Paris to debut its off-highway hybrid concept this week. Coupling a diesel engine and a 55 kW electric motor with a 40 kWh battery built by BMWi, the study is the first result of the E-DEUTZ program established in 2017.
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Deutz acquires Torqeedo: German engine specialist Deutz takes over Munich-based Torqeedo in order to accelerate the market launch of new electric and hybrid drive systems in the off-highway sector. The company considers Torqeedo a catalyst for its “e-Deutz strategy” and plans to serial produce first innovative components within two years – much earlier than if Deutz would have stayed on its own. Torqeedo has been particularly known for finding integrated electric and hybrid drive solutions for boats.
EasyJet to develop electric airplanes: Already, when start-up Wright Electric showed its concept of an electric-powered short distance airplane for 150 passengers and a range of up to 300 miles in March, it mentioned a likely partnership with UK airline EasyJet. Six month later, this cooperation is official: The partners’ aim is to put all-electric airplanes into operation within the next ten years.
Audi’s Formula E racing car: Ahead of its Formula E debut in December, team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler revealed its first all-electric racer: the Audi e-tron F04. The team’s pilots will be Daniel Abt (Germany) and title defender Lucas di Grassi (Brazil). Audi is the first German car manufacturer to race in Formula E.
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Bosch eBike Systems readies Cobi takeover: Bosch’s electric bike unit waits approval of the antitrust authorities to acquire Frankfurt-based Cobi. The start-up’s devices integrate all sorts of bike technologies like navigation or fitness applications in a smartphone which can be locked and charged on the handlebar.