UK’s first sea-going electric ferry makes a splash: The UK’s first sea-going electric ferry has taken off for the first time in Plymouth.

The e-Voyager vessel utilises repurposed, Nissan Leaf batteries & an advanced electric motor, which replaces the classic diesel engine.

Before carrying passengers on ferry routes from April 2021, the green ferry will endure rigorous running trials.

The project was designed and developed by Plymouth Boat Trips (PBT); a cruising, ferry and fishing company , the boatbuilder Voyager Marine in cooperation with the University of Plymouth, the University of Exeter, the manufacturer Teignbridge Propellers & the engineering technology company EV Parts.

From The University of Plymouth, scientists carried out research during the build, measuring emissions as well as noise pollution, air pollution & fuel consumption and argue the process could be assignable to commercial vessels less than 24 metres long.

Plymouth City Council is planning to install three 22kWh chargers, a development that would allow the vessel to achieve a full charge in less than three hours.

Funding of the project is through the £1.4 million Clean Maritime Call, a Maritime Research and Innovation UK initiative backed by the Department for Transport, launched to support the UK’s goal of zero emission shipping.

The e-Voyager will be the first vessel to be recognised by both the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and a Classification Society noted the partners.

The partnership will be aiming to convert larger passenger vessels.

Image: e-Voyager/Twitter

“Through developing the technology and maritime applications, Voyager Marine is helping to place Plymouth and the South West as UK leaders in the conversion and new build of zero-carbon, fully electric commercial vessels.” Project Leader for Plymouth Boat Trips and Voyager Marine Andy Hurley stated.

Dr Richard Pemberton, Lecturer in Mechanical and Marine Engineering Design at the University of Plymouth said: “The University firmly believes that the work conducted on e-Voyager will pave the way for larger-scale innovation towards meeting the government’s target of a 50% reduction in emissions from the maritime sector by 2050.”

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