In 2019, SeaBubbles introduced an innovative electric water taxi equipped with foiling technology in Miami. After successfully obtaining certification, the company has recently announced the launch of its first commercial service in France, in collaboration with Grand Annecy.
This commercial operation is part of a sustainable transport initiative near the beautiful Lake Annecy in southeastern France. The project encompasses an electric shuttle service, complimentary seasonal buses, and self-service bicycles. Now, the SeaBubble water taxi has joined this mix for the next few months.
Measuring 5 x 2.5 meters (16.4 x 8.2 feet), this battery-electric water taxi can accommodate up to four passengers per trip. Inside the Bubble, passengers sit face to face, resembling the layout of an automobile. The cabin can be kept closed, or alternatively, the mid-roof can lift up in two sections, and the side windows can open, allowing passengers to fully immerse themselves in the picturesque surroundings.
Initially, the water taxi operates like a conventional boat, slicing through the water. However, once it reaches a speed of 7 knots (8 mph), hydrofoils lift the hull out of the water within seconds. The water taxi then cruises at a speed of 13 knots (15 mph), providing passengers with an exhilarating journey as they smoothly glide across the water. An onboard computer receives data from various sensors and instructs actuators to automatically adjust the water taxi’s roll, pitch, and yaw for enhanced stability.