Artemis Technologies has unveiled the design of its new high-speed passenger ferry that is 100% electric.
With a top speed of 38 knots, the EF-24 Passenger ferry offers a range of 115 nautical miles at a 25 knots cruise speed and is said to produce fuel savings of up to 85% compared to conventional high-speed diesel ferries.
It is one of several zero-emission vessels being developed by the company in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to provide commercially-viable green transport solutions for global operators, cities and governments.
The 24-metre vessel, which will come into service in 2024, has been designed to remove air, water and noise pollution and have the “lowest possible impact on the environment”.
Artemis Technologies is a spin-off from the Artemis Racing team that competed in the America’s Cup of which its founder, two-time Olympic champion Dr Iain Percy is a four-time veteran.
He said: “We have combined our experience from the worlds of high-performance sailing, motorsports, aerospace and advanced manufacturing to design and develop an electric propulsion system that is quite simply a game changer for the maritime industry.
“Our high-speed passenger ferry provides a cost-effective public transport solution that helps address air pollution, congestion and noise.
“By encouraging multimodal transport in urban areas, we will enable cities around the world to utilise and benefit from the untapped potential of their waterways.”
Artemis Technologies has partnered with Condor Ferries to operate a pilot scheme using the first EF-24 Passenger ferry.