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Want To Travel In These Flying Water Taxis?

Want To Travel In These Flying Water Taxis?

15 Jan 2017


The electric boats, called SeaBubbles, use hydrofoils to lift them out the water, reducing the drag to allow them to reach speed of up to 25 knots and creating a comfortable ride likened to a “magic carpet".

'Flying' water taxis powered by river currents could be tested on the Thames in London later this year. The electric boats, called SeaBubbles, use hydrofoils to lift them out the water, reducing the drag to allow them to reach speed of up to 25 knots and creating a comfortable ride likened to a “magic carpet“.

They come with a specially designed dock with several turbines in the water. The idea is that these and solar panels will supply all the electricity required to run the boats, so they are completely “off grid“.

Five SeaBubbles are due to start a trial on the River Seine in Paris this summer. The Paris-based company behind the boats, founded by record-breaking sailors Alain Thébault and Anders Bringdal, has also had discussions about introducing them in the United States and has been invited for talks with the London mayor's office.

Bringdal told the Independent the SeaBubble was more efficient than traditional boats because of the hydrofoils. “Instead of pushing the water, we cut it, so you don't leave any wa ke,“ he said. “As you lift the hull out of the water you lose 40% of the drag. With our system, with the water turbines below the docks, we can create the energy we need to operate the fleet. The idea is to create as much energy as we can from solar or hydro.

Source: auto.economictimes.indiatimes


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