Uber Boat by Thames Clippers introduces its first hybrid riverboat, Earth Clipper

   September 13, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, the operator of riverboat services along the Thames from Putney to Barking, has introduced its first hybrid riverboat, named Earth Clipper, at a cost of £7 million.

This vessel, touted as Europe's inaugural hybrid high-speed passenger ferry, will rely solely on battery power while navigating through central London. Between Battersea Power Station in the west and Tower Bridge in the east, it will recharge its batteries while using bio-fuel for propulsion. The Earth Clipper is expected to achieve an impressive 90% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions compared to conventional marine diesel operations.

Notably, this is the largest boat in the company's fleet, measuring 40 meters in length, nearly the equivalent of two tennis courts placed end to end, and accommodating up to 230 passengers.

Sean Collins, the CEO of Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, emphasized that in addition to its environmental benefits, the new vessel is significantly quieter than its counterparts. He expressed hope that it would serve as a testament to the feasibility of green technology in the maritime sector and further the company's journey towards achieving net-zero emissions.

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers has set ambitious targets, aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2040. The company already has plans in motion for two additional hybrid boats, with further designs in progress for two more.

Furthermore, the CEO revealed plans for a fully electrified cross-river ferry connecting Surrey Quays and Canary Wharf, scheduled for delivery in the spring of 2025.