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Electric Ferry Set to Take Off in New Zealand

April 21, 2024 | by The Jeuns

A hydrofoil ferry, powered by electricity, is set to make its first commercial debut in New Zealand. The innovative technology behind this ferry allows it to lift above the water as it moves, making it an environmentally friendly and efficient mode of transportation.

The Swedish company, Candela, has developed the P-12 water shuttle, equipped with hydrofoil technology similar to its world record-setting C-8 electric speedboat. This ferry can carry up to thirty passengers and can travel at speeds of up to 20 knots (56 kph) fueled by carbon fiber hydro wings.

The use of hydrofoil technology enables the ferry to reduce energy consumption by over 80 percent while also leaving no wake in the water. This makes it ideal for places like Venice, where slow-speed water vehicles are necessary to avoid damaging historical buildings.

In addition to its speed and lack of wake, the P-12 ferry is also cost-effective and environmentally friendly. It utilizes an automotive-style charger, making it cheaper and easier to maintain than other electric ferries. Erik Eklund, Candela’s director for commercial vessels, highlights the P-12 as a sustainable and profitable choice for operators aiming to switch from fossil fuel-powered vessels.

The introduction of the hydrofoil ferry in New Zealand will save an estimated 240 tons of emissions per year, contributing to the reduction of internal transport emissions. Tania Palmer, general manager of generation at Meridian Energy, praises the ferry as a drastic reduction in emissions while providing a spectacular commute for passengers.

As technology becomes more environmentally friendly, the use of waterways for transportation offers numerous benefits. The P-12 ferry exemplifies the potential for clean and efficient water travel, aligning with the global push for sustainability and reducing emissions in the transportation sector.

The commercial rollout of the hydrofoil ferry in New Zealand marks a significant step towards cleaner oceans and lakes, showcasing the viability of electric watercraft in reducing environmental impact.

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