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Zero-emission water taxi set to “take off” in Paris

Mar 21, 2017, 7:01 AM EDT
(Source: Tree Hugger)
(Source: Tree Hugger)

A French startup, called SeaBubbles, has presented a futuristic, prototype boat, which is powered entirely by wave and solar energy and can glide two feet above the water surface, thus opening a window into next-gen, zero-emission transportation based on waterways in and around a city.

The pilot project, set for its debut in Paris this year, would involve setting up docking stations along the Seine River, where these water taxis would be recharged by converting wave and solar energy into electricity, writes Design Boom.

The battery driven hydrofoils are designed to achieve a top speed of 6-8 knots in the water and can last for up to 100 km in one charge, notes Tree Hugger. The concept offers a better alternative to conventional boat services that rely on fossil fuels and also these water taxis create no waves even at full speed, which minimizes the risk of riverbank erosion. 

TAGS: SeaBubbles
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