Austal Australia unveils VOLTA series
With the introduction of the Passenger Express 46V, a fully electric 46 metre catamaran ferry design, Austal Australia has introduced the VOLTA series of electric-powered high-speed ferry solutions.
The new VOLTA series by Austal involves on-shore charging facilities and operator in-service support programs.
The vessels integrate light-weight, low-resistance hull shapes with state-of-the-art lithium ion batteries specifically designed, tested and optimized for electric power propulsion, Austal said.
Paddy Gregg, Chief Executive Officer of Austal, said the new VOLTA high-speed ferry series reflects the future of commercial maritime transport, offering operators a cost-effective, zero-emission, electric-powered vessel.
“For any high speed vessel and even more so for electric-powered ferries, optimising vessel weight and performance is essential – driving not just operating costs, but the size and upfront purchase cost of the batteries and the charging system" Gregg stated.
The 46-meter first-class 'Passenger Express 46V' has a capacity of up to 450 passengers, a maximum speed of 25 knots and fast charging capability, with a daily range of more than 175 nautical miles.
By designing additional models for both commercial and defense applications, including autonomous vessels, Austal intends to extend the VOLTA series.
Maritime Business World