Design work, including America’s Cup foiling technology, is complete on a pair of electric commuter ferries for Auckland, and both could be built in two years pending funding decisions.
Auckland-based EV Maritime said the 200-passenger, 24 metre, high-tech carbon fibre ferries would be built by boatyards McMullen and Wing, and Yachting Developments.
EV Maritime’s co-founder Michael Eaglen said work continues with Auckland Transport, power company Vector and operator Fullers360 on charging infrastructure, and the outcome of an application to the Government for “shovel-ready” project funding is awaited.
Ferries account for nearly 7 per cent of Auckland’s public transport journeys, but their large diesel engines produce 20.5 per cent of all public transport emissions in the city.
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