Uber Boat is building the UK’s first hybrid high-speed passenger ferry

Britain’s Uber Boat by Thames Clipper, a partnership between the Thames Clipper river bus service and transport company Uber, is building the country’s first hybrid high-speed passenger ferries.

Image: Uber Boats by Thames Clipper

The two new ships, which are being built at Wight Dockyard on the Isle of Wight, are due to launch in autumn 2022 and spring 2023.

The ferries will feature a hybrid design that will allow them to run on battery power alone while carrying commuters and tourists and recharging while using bio-powered energy outside central London.

As described, the technology is not dependent on shore-based charging as the new boats will use excess power from bio-powered motors to recharge their batteries.

According to Uber Boat, these will be the company’s quietest vessels in addition to being the greenest passenger boats in town.

At the same time, the company expects the ships to push the boundaries of catamaran design to offer a forward-looking option that can be made even greener as technology allows.

Sean Collinsco-founder and CEO of Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, said: “This technological development has allowed us to take the first important steps towards meeting our future environmental vision.

“As a company, we continue to embrace emerging technological advancements that will allow us to continue to grow our fleet and infrastructure, supporting a sustainable future in our industry.”

Additionally, the company has committed to achieving net zero with all new construction by 2025 and for its broader fleet, infrastructure and environmental footprint by 2040.

collins continued: “We look to the future with this hybrid design, ensuring easy conversion to green hydrogen or another renewable energy source – something we are also focusing heavily on with the new projects we are undertaking with the recent funding. of the DfT. This is the next step in our strategy towards net zero and ultimately tailpipe zero.”

Meanwhile, work is underway within the company on three green marine feasibility projects funded by the Department for Transport (DfT). Project results are expected in spring 2022 and should further help inform the company on its path to net zero.

It is also underpinned by findings from the European Horizon 2020 TrAM project to develop high-speed, fully electric, zero-emission passenger ferries, a project in which Uber Boat by Thames is involved and has influenced the specification of new vessels for London.

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