Thames Express is to introduce hybrid ferries in London

2022-04-28 0 By

Thames Express is building the UK’s first hybrid high-speed passenger ferry, which will be launched in autumn 2022 and spring 2023.The service is part of the “Uber Boat” initiative and will function as a public transport network across the Thames.The hybrid design allows hybrid ships being built at Wight Shipyard on the Isle of Wight to transport commuters and sightseers across the British capital on battery power alone.The hybrid ships will be active throughout the “central zone”, between the Tower and Battersea Power Station docks, and will be recharged outside central London when using biofuels to generate electricity.One advantage the company cites is that the technology does not rely on shore-based charging.Instead, the new ship will use excess power from its engines to recharge its range in central London.Sean Collins of Uber Boat, co-founder and CEO of Thames Clipper, said: “This technology development allows us to take an important first step towards realizing our environmental vision for the future.””We have been at the forefront of innovation in rivers and oceans for more than 20 years.We are committed to supporting the sustainable growth, infrastructure and economic development of the river and its surrounding areas in recognition of its importance to London as a mode of transport.”Thames Clippers has now branded its river bus service Uber Boats as a result of a sponsorship deal with Uber in July 2020.Their service operates on the River Thames between east and central London, including Tours licensed by the London River Service.What’s more, Thames Clippers operate under the licence of Transport for London (TfL), which continues to integrate these vessels into its tube and bus ticketing network.In November 2009, Thames Clippers began accepting Oyster Pay as You Go (contactless payment) on all of its services.Thames Clipper to introduce hybrid ferries in London first appeared at AutoNode.