Mon. May 23rd, 2022

Britain’s first hybrid high-speed passenger ferries are being built to reduce emissions from commuters traveling from south-east London.

The Uber Boat of the Thames Clippers, which sails between Woolwich and Putney, announced that they will operate two vessels that will run solely on battery power when in the center of the capital.

The boats are being built at the Wight Shipyard on the Isle of Wight.

The first will be operational in the autumn, and the second is to be launched in the spring of 2023.

News Shopper: Uber Boat operates between Woolwich and Putney (Uber Boat)Uber Boat sails between Woolwich and Putney (Uber Boat)

When outside central London, they will run on biofuel-powered engines, with excess power used to recharge their batteries.

The Uber Boat service is expected to extend to Gravesend after the municipality agreed to sell Town Pier.

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers co-founder and CEO Sean Collins said: “This development in technology has enabled us to take the first big steps to meet our future environmental vision.

“For over 20 years, we have been at the forefront of innovation for the river marine sector.

“We are committed to supporting sustainable growth, infrastructure and economic development on and around the river to endorse the importance of the river for London as a mode of transport.”

He added: “We look forward with this hybrid design that ensures easy conversion to green hydrogen or another renewable energy source.”

The company has committed to reaching net zero for CO2 emissions from its “fleet, infrastructure and environmental footprint” by 2040.

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