Zero Emissions Vessels
Vessels using all-electric propulsion powered by battery or hydrogen fuel cell.
REIMAGINING WATERWAY COMMUTING
Underutilized Urban Waterways
How we move shapes how we live. As we prioritize greater sustainability and wellness in our lives, we’ve become motivated to reimagine the way we move. We have the opportunity to improve the way we get around, both technologically and experientially, and the time for action is now.
Unlike the roads, urban waterways are free of traffic, enabling timely, reliable service as well as a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city. SW/TCH is building state-of-the-art e-ferries to transform urban commuting for cities and companies with bold sustainability goals.
First Hydrogen Fuel Cell e-Ferry Under Construction in SF Bay
SW/TCH’s San Francisco e-ferry will act as the flagship vessel for its fleet, an important first step in a concerted effort to curb transportation emissions while mitigating roadway congestion in the largest urban centers across the country.
The 84-passenger e-ferry is currently under construction at the Bay Ship & Yacht shipyard in Alameda, CA using private funding from SW/TCH and a $3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The project leverages technology from partners including Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine, BAE Systems, and Hydrogenics.
Scaling this zero-emission technology will only be possible with significant investment in new fueling infrastructure and SW/TCH is partnering with Clean Marine Energy (CME) to develop electric charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure onshore. Backed by the same founders, CME plans to make clean fueling infrastructure available in multiple ports in the US.
Battery Powered e-Ferry in NYC
SW/TCH is designing an all-electric ferry that it plans to launch in NYC waters following the proof of concept in SF. Unlike traditional vessels, the e-ferry glides through the water silently, with zero noise and zero air pollution.