Chief executive of the Plymouth-based company Connor Johnson said that hydrogen-powered vehicles were the way forward as many tried and cut their reliance on polluting fossil fuels.
The new ferries are being built in Turkey. Patriot Yachts said it will fit them with hydrogen propulsion drive systems along with secondary drive systems with Aluminium Batteries, which means the ferries will be powered by 100% clean energy. They will have a range of 1,500 miles.
The ferries are due to be shipped to the United Kingdom in the next 8 weeks, where – once they're certified and inspected by the MCA (Maritime Coastguard Agency) – trials can commence on the Cardiff-Bristol route.
The ferries cost over EUR 1 million, and with the additional costs of setting up the trial and installing the hydrogen propulsion, the project will cost around EUR 2 million.
The Cardiff-Bristol catamaran-style ferries will seat up to 65 travellers, of which 2 of the seats will be for disabled and there will be room for up to 12 seats outside.
The Cardiff, Ilfracombe, and Newport service will be larger, accommodating between 500-700 passengers.
NOTE: On September 14, 2020, CruiseMapper received mail from Julian Bryce Smith, stating the following: "Cruisemapper news 19th July 2020 - Hydrogen Powered Taxis Dear Sir/Madam On a recent search for my client I came across your article on Hydrogen Powered ferries. A well written and informative article, in which I'm sure Mr Johnson supplied ALL the facts. I have been looking into the affairs of Mr Johnson for some time on behalf of a disgruntled client. You may want to take 5 minutes and have a comprehensive look at his past. He has been bankrupt, a drink driver, had a name change to hide past debts, has a string of past businesses all owing tens of thousands to local businesses as well as fake charity events. I know for sure he has been investigated by Help for Heroes in the past and that he generally starts up a business that is an exact copy of a business stateside. Patriot Yachts uses a 3 party address and according to Gov.UK is a dormant company with no accounts. There will be NO ferries, recently he tried the same style of scam with Appledore Shipyard. "