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New Electric Vehicle Designs for Land, Sea and Sky

By Simon Johns - Sep 22, 2021

The past week has seen the announcement of three new electric vehicle designs, allowing passengers to travel by sea, sky and land, quickly, quietly and emissions free.

By 2023, electric ferries will take Shell Singapore staff to and from the company’s Bukom Island energy and chemicals plant. The Anglo-Dutch energy company hired local company Penguin International to build and operate the new fleet of fully electric 200-seat ferries, which will traverse the 11-kilometer return journey at a pacey 20 knots.

This will be not only the first time Shell has operated electric vessels but the also the first time they will sail in the waters around Singapore.

Rolls-Royce, the British aerospace company, completed a maiden flight for a single-seat battery electric airplane. Evoking the luxury cars made by the automotive company of the same name, the Spirit of Innovation took off from the U.K. Ministry of Defence Boscombe Down test facility and flew for 15 minutes over the Wiltshire countryside.

In Austria, an industrial design studio Eoos Next used almost 70 kilograms of recycled plastic packaging to make the chassis of an electric tricycle with a 3D printer. The plastic was sustainably source from local supermarkets.

One study by the University of Leeds, U.K., estimated that by 2040, there will be 1.3 billion metric tons of accumulated plastic waste in the sea and on land. That’s enough to make nearly 18.6 million Eoos Next trikes. 

These three new electric vehicle designs demonstrate that the spread of e-mobility isn’t just confined to the highway, but the waterways and airways too.

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