November 10, 2022 6:02 AM EST

Hyke believes its electric Smart City Ferry can make urban transportation greener, alleviate traffic, and revive waterfronts. “We’ve forgotten about the waterways as a city transport medium,” CEO Bjorn Utgard says. “People feel better next to water.” Set to debut commercially in early 2023 in Norway, the battery- and solar-powered ferry can autonomously navigate and dock at passenger stations, where it wirelessly recharges. Because ferries make short, predictable trips, the nearly 50-foot vessel is configured with the exact battery capacity required, maximizing efficiency. Oslo-based Hyke is in talks with transportation authorities and private operators around the world, including in New York City.

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