Artemis Technologies unveils design for 100 per cent electric ferry

With top speed of 38 knots and a foiling range of 115 nautical miles at 25 knots, new vessels aim to decarbonise the global passenger ferry market.

By Amber Rolt for BusinessGreen

Maritime technology company Artemis Technologies has unveiled the design of its new 100 per cent electric EF-24 Passenger vessel, which the company hailed as a “commercially viable, green transport solution for operators, cities and governments across the world”.

The new ferry is one of a number of zero-emission vessels being developed by Artemis Technologies at its base in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

With a top speed of 38 knots, Artemis Technologies said the new ferry offers a range of 115 nautical miles at a 25 knots cruise speed and produces fuel cost savings of up to 85 per cent compared to conventional high-speed diesel ferries. The new ferries would be powered by the patented Artemis eFoiler electric propulsion system, which the company said enables vessels them “fly” above the water, providing a more fuel efficient and comfortable ride for up to 150 passengers. The design also mitigates the effects of sea sickness, as well as significantly reduces the impact of on shorelines from the vessel’s wake, the company added. Artemis Technologies is a spin-off from the Artemis Racing team that competed in the America’s Cup and was founded by two-time Olympic champion Dr Iain Percy.

Percy said the new vessels were designed by incorporating the company’s experience from the worlds of high-performance sailing, motorsports, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing to create an electric propulsion system which could prove “quite simply a game change for the maritime industry.” “Our high-speed passenger ferry provides a cost-effective public transport solution that helps address air pollution, congestion, and noise,” he added.

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