Europe’s first hybrid high-speed passenger ferry built to the high-speed craft code, Earth Clipper, has joined the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers fleet, achieving a green milestone for London’s transport.
Operating with zero tailpipe emissions in Central London, the 40m-long vessel brings a nearly 90% reduction in CO2e compared to traditional marine diesel. This is achieved by utilising battery power in central London and biofuel on the east and west ends of the service route.
Sean Collins, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers CEO, emphasizes the significance of this moment for greener transport. Earth Clipper, the largest and first hybrid boat in the fleet, prioritises sustainability while enhancing the passenger experience with iconic Thames views and onboard amenities.
Earth Clipper will be accompanied by two sister vessels, Celestial and Mars, which will join the fleet by spring 2024. The company targets a 50% carbon emissions reduction by 2030 and aims for net zero by 2040. Future plans include introducing hybrid or fully electrified technology for new vessels and launching London’s first fully electric zero emission cross river ferry by spring 2025. The company plans to invest £70 million in new fleet by 2030.
Sean strongly believes in protecting and preserving the river Thames and its communities. For nearly 25 years the business has been at the forefront of innovation for the river marine sector and is committed to supporting the sustainable growth of infrastructure and economic development on and around the river to ensure its long-term importance to Greater London.
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