Energy integration and electrical engineering company Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) and e-Link Commuting (e-Link), which designs and builds electric shuttle boats, are to collaborate on the development of a new class of waterway vessels powered by sustainable forms of energy.
The duo will combine their expertise on sustainable energy and their knowledge of the transportation sector to design and build the vessels. The e-Link team will be responsible for the technical aspects of the vessel design and shuttle build/assembly, with AKA’s team designing the vessel’s power system and drivetrain propulsion. A hydrogen fuel cell will also be installed to extend battery life.
“This environmental consciousness is a fundamental component to how we are designing the power system and propulsion systems for our eLC Shuttle platform,” said Alan Burland, co-founder, e-Link. “We recognize there will be ongoing innovations in battery technology, shore power recharging, and drivetrain technology requiring foresight and dedication which is why our collaboration with AKA and other strategic partners will lead to our success.”
“Although AKA has been delivering hybrid propulsion systems to the global Marine industry since 2007, this project is of great importance in our commitment to deliver safe, reliable and green systems in Canada and other places around the world,” said AKA’s co-founder and CEO, Jason Aspin.