Red and White Fleet has begun commercial operation of its new plug-in hybrid vessel, Enhydra, in San Francisco Bay, California, US.
Enhydra is said to be the first aluminium-hulled, lithium-Ion battery plug-in hybrid vessel manufactured in the US.
The vessel is equipped with three decks to provide views of the Bay and San Francisco skyline, as well as audio tour entertainment systems.
Its second level features a wrap-around viewing platform with access to the bow foredeck, while the fully open top deck is configured with seating arrangements for the passengers to view air and firework shows.
The 128ft-long and 30ft-wide vessel is designed to accommodate 600 passengers.
Red and White collaborated with BAE Systems to equip Enhydra with the HybriGen propulsion system.
Developed by BAE Systems, HybriGen features 160kWh lithium-ion battery packs, generators, control system, and AC electric traction motors.
HybriGen is complemented by a Cummins Tier 3 diesel engine that operates on biofuel, reducing carbon emission by 30%-80% compared to existing fossil fuels.
Red and White Fleet president Thomas Escher said: “The Enhydra is another step in transforming our entire fleet to zero pollutions, for the benefit of future generations anywhere in the world.”
The company launched Enhydra last month from Bellingham, Washington.
The addition of the vessel to the fleet is expected to allow Red and White Fleet to meet its goal of operating a zero-emission fleet by 2025.