Fully electric “flying ferries” will transport passengers to France in 40 minutes – –

Fully electric “flying ferries” will transport passengers to France in 40 minutes – –

All-electric ‘flying ferries’ could be in the air by 2028 (PA)

Forget about a five-hour ferry across the Channel to France, in the future you can board an all-electric “Seaglider”.

Each glider will carry 150 passengers between England and France at speeds of up to 180 mph.

The fleet of battery-powered gliders are designed to roll on a cushion of air trapped between the vehicle and the water surface – known as “ground effect”.

Developed by the American start-up Regent Craft, the idea caught the attention of Brittany Ferries who announced their goal of putting them into service by 2028.

Hopefully by then we can all travel again.

Seagliders will move on a cushion of air, much like a hovercraft (MailOnline)

The company said the boat and plane could cut sailing time between Portsmouth and France from five hours by conventional ferry to 40 minutes.

Brittany Ferries acknowledged that their ‘flying ferries’ project would face ‘technical and regulatory challenges’, but insisted that ‘should not be an obstacle to the development of promising and sustainable technology’.

Hopping on a ‘flying ferry’ will cut journey time from 6 hours to 40 minutes (MailOnline)

She advises Regent Craft on practical issues related to the operation of fast boats thanks to her experience with the high speed catamaran Normandie Express.

Brittany Ferries Director of Ports and Operations Frédéric Pouget said: “We are particularly happy to contribute now as it means we can integrate real world challenges and potential applications into the initial thinking of the company.

“We hope this can contribute to commercial success in the years to come. Who knows, this could well be the birth of the ferries that cross the Channel.

The new way to travel in France (PA)
The new way to travel in France (PA)

Regent Craft Co-Founder Billy Thalheimer said: “We are delighted to partner with Brittany Ferries to bring the future of shipping to market.

“Brittany Ferries offers a world-class operational experience that will help us ensure that gliders will be the most convenient and comfortable form of cross-Channel travel. “

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