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Silence on the canals

Thirty-three million tourists visited Venice in 2019, riding the gondolas or water taxis through the canals, many of them arriving aboard the 50 cruise ships that, pre-Covid pandemic, docked each year.

Torqeedo has partnered with Toffolo Officine srl, a shipyard with a 110-year history and deep roots in Venetian heritage boatbuilding, to bring the company’s high-tech electric mobility products to “The Floating City”. The shipyard is a fully certified and authorised Service Centre for Torqeedo products, including the high-voltage Deep Blue systems.

"The Italian market is embracing the shift towards a lower emission future," said Gennaro Giliberti, Torqeedo sales manager for Italy. “Above all, it is important to convince commercial users of the technology. Venice is uniquely at-risk from sea level rise and it is time for action.”

Venice recently hosted a four-day e-regatta as part of the Salone Nautico Venezia, a great showcase for a wide variety of electrically powered boats and a demonstration of the viability of electric marine propulsion for recreational and commercial boats on Venice’s 26 miles of canals. Four of theboats were powered by Torqeedo systems. The electric boat regatta was organized by VeniceAgenda 2028, Triumph Group International and the Assonautica Venezia under the banner of Inland Waterways International.

Giliberti believes the electrification of Venice’s commercial fleet will start with the mototopi, the typical motorboats used to deliver goods in the lagoon and historic city centre, and the vaporetti, Venice’s public transit system of water buses.

“Torqeedo offers a wide variety of complete, industrially designed and manufactured systems to simplify the electrification of commercial vessels. The whole world is looking at Venice," Giliberti said. "What works here will accelerate change elsewhere."

Exhibitor: Torqeedo

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