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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Solar Speedboat
When alternative transportation comes to mind, the focus is usually on more eco-friendly land or air travel. After all, the open ocean provides the prevailing winds as a very sustainable power source. We have seen wind-powered cargo ships, and even a wave-powered boat. However, use of solar power for boats had not been explored much, let alone in speedboats. Until now. The Czeers Mk1 prototype is, according to their designers, the first ever solar powered speedboat. Based on the 2006 Nuon Frisian Solar Challenge winner, this marine speedster is making quite a splash. Video after the jump!
The prototype is capable of achieving speeds of up to 30 knots, and is fully powered by the integrated solar cells. It is absolutely gorgeous; the deep carbon fiber hue, combined with the orange interiors, and the sleek form give off an incredible James-Bondian vibe. It is also, quite likely, very expensive, as no price has been given, and only a limited number will be produced.
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