The University of Plymouth is playing a major role in a ground-breaking project to create the UK’s first, sea going, electric passenger vessel.
Involving partners from across the South West, the e-Voyager project will see a new green boat built for Plymouth Boat Trips’ existing ferry routes, including the Cremyll Ferry.
It is being funded through the £1.4million Clean Maritime Call, a Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) initiative supported by the Department for Transport (DfT) and launched to support the UK’s goal of zero emission shipping.
The work so far has also been supported extensively through two initiatives involving the University – the £6.4million Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab and the £4million Marine Business Technology Centre, both part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
As well as the University and Plymouth Boat Trips, the project also involves several local companies – Voyager Marine, Cornwall; Teignbridge Propellers; and EV Parts UK – and the University of Exeter.
Voyager Marine will become the only UK boat builder to offer the complete package of design, installation and maintenance of sea going, electric vessels.
Plymouth Boat Trips’ project leader, Andy Hurley, said:
“We’re very excited to be leading such a progressive project, to create a cleaner and more sustainable future for the industry.”
Sarah Fear, Project Manager (Impact Lab) at the University of Plymouth, added:
“This is a cutting-edge project and the perfect opportunity to show how the University’s scientific expertise and business support can be combined with the ingenuity of a local company.”