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London gets solar-powered ferry

Serpentine Solar ShuttleHailed as the most technologically advanced passenger boat in the UK, the Serpentine Solar Shuttle made its first journey on a lake in Hyde Park yesterday. The boat cost $421,000 to build, is made entirely of stainless steel and carry 42 passengers at a leisurely speed of 8 kms (5 miles) per hour. With Britain currently experiencing a heat wave, the Met. Office here has been telling us that there’s a 30% chance that today will be the hottest day ever recorded in the UK, so the shuttle’s launch has certainly been timely. A  300-passenger solar-powered ferry to run on the Thames could be ready in 2008 and a  60-passenger solar-powered train for London’s Battersea Park is also a possibilty.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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