Plymouth is set to become the first city in the UK to install a network of shore-side charging facilities for its expanding fleet of electric maritime vessels.
Over the past year, the city has become home to the UK’s first marine electric passenger ferry and an electric water taxi that will operate 364 days a year.
However, access to infrastructure is currently a barrier to ensuring further growth in this emerging sector can happen in a coordinated and sustainable way.
With that in mind, a consortium of city partners is joining forces to create Plymouth’s Marine e-Charging Living Lab (MeLL), which will provide the pivotal infrastructure required to accelerate innovation and growth.
The project has received more than £570,000 funding as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.
It will develop a network of charging facilities around Plymouth Sound, offering multiple, flexible sites and responding to the Maritime 2050 route map for maritime net zero.
The project is being led by the University of Plymouth in partnership with Plymouth City Council, Princess Yachts and Aqua superPower Limited