Electric zero-emissions ferry for Solent run

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Innovative UK propulsion know-how is pivotal to a new, 24m fast ferry ordered for a lifeline passenger route in southern England connecting Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

The EF-24 has a top speed of around 36 knots, and promises major reductions in environmental impact relative to more conventional vessel solutions along with the commercial, competitive benefits of improved ride quality for passengers.

Artemis and Red Funnel claim that the ferry will save up to 3,700t of CO2 emissions per annum, a figure that would increase to 4,150t if charging is accomplished through recourse to renewable electricity. Given the scheduling intensity of the Solent service into West Cowes, a further merit of the design is its provision for ultra-fast charging, full replenishment being achievable in less than 60 minutes.

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