Here’s a great way to get up close with nature on electric power: leading electric boat motor system manufacturer Evoy has teamed up with adventure travel firm Hurtigruten Expeditions to electrify its wildlife-spotting tender boats.
The tenders fitted with Norwegian firm Evoy’s innovative all-electric powertrains will be used for both expedition cruises and ‘ship-to-shore’ services that are run from Hurtigruten cruise vessels. The first will go into operation this year on the MS Otto Sverdrup’s expeditions along the Norwegian coast.
The electric tenders will be able to carry up to 20 guests, along with scientific and safety equipment, and can be used on landings as part of day-trips. The idea is that the machines will be able to operate more sustinably in the local environment than traditional tender boards.
Iain McNeill, Hurtigruten’s vice-president of operations, said that the new electric craft would enable “silent and emission-free excursions with minimal disturbance to local wildlife.”
Evoy offers both inboard and outboard electric motor systems. Company boss Leif A. Stravostrand, said that his firm and Hurtigruten “both share a fundamental respect for nature and a strong commitment to protecting our oceans through ensuring emissions don’t make it into the atmosphere.”
Hurtigruten Expeditions operates in more than 30 countries, and already offers hybrid cruise ships.