Seagliders could ‘drastically cut’ channel crossing times
A new, all-electric model of ‘seaglider’ could ferry people across the English Channel in record time by 2028.
Brittany Ferries is set to join forces with US-based manufacturer REGENT (Regional Electric Ground Effect Nautical Transport), are all electric, ‘wing-in ground effect’ vehicles with hydrofoils and top speeds of up to 180mph.
The battery-powered vehicles are said to be ‘akin to hovercraft with wings’ with a 50 to 150-passenger capacity.
Frederic Pouget, Brittany Ferries' ports and operations director, said to the Bournemouth Echo: "Seaglider is an attractive and exciting concept and we look forward to working with REGENT in the months and years to come.
"We are particularly pleased to contribute now because it means we can bring real-world challenges and potential applications into the company’s thinking at an early stage.
"We hope this may help bring commercial success in the years that follow.
"Who knows – this could be the birth of ferries that fly across the Channel."