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.
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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.
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