The US state of Hawaii is creating an electrical seaglider transportation community to assist drive innovation within the passenger and freight sectors and construct a resilient and sustainable transportation ecosystem.
Regent is the corporate behind an all-electric, hybrid air and water seaglider nonetheless in prototype, and has chosen Pacific Present, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electrical Industries (HEI), as its most well-liked power and infrastructure companion within the mission.
Mokulele Airways, a Southern Airways Firm, would be the launch companion for the seaglider community and has introduced their intention to deliver a fleet of Regent’s 12-passenger Viceroy seagliders to the island chain.
Regent launched into a group listening tour in the summertime of 2021. Key members of the administration group have spent virtually a full yr participating with stakeholders throughout the general public, non-public, and civic sectors to grasp the wants of the residents, be taught extra in regards to the distinctive ecosystems related to the area, and assist state officers to assume by way of Hawaii’s sustainability and resiliency objectives.
“Regent is dedicated to serving to Hawaii transfer towards a sustainable transportation future and is aware of that the very first step is to hear and be taught what the group cares about,” stated Billy Thalheimer, CEO and co-founder of Regent. “The response from the group has been overwhelmingly optimistic and the chance to construct a seaglider community for Hawaii is a dream come true. We’re thrilled to assist push the boundaries of innovation in clear transportation for the state.
“The feasibility research continues our dedication to interact with native communities, civic organisations, and personal and public sectors leaders to grasp how seagliders can assist enhance the every day lives of the residents”
SMS Analysis, a market analysis agency primarily based in Honolulu, will have a look at the financial, environmental, and group advantages and challenges related to introducing seagliders to the state. The research focuses on the financial affect on the state in addition to how seagliders can assist advance affordability and accessibility of transportation, together with assessing the affect of including new routes and companies to enhance entry for underserved communities. Lastly, the research can even embody an in depth evaluation of varied ports and harbours led by Ekna Providers, a Honolulu-based engineering and development administration agency.
Thalheimer added: “We recognise that Hawaii is a particular place, with a sacred tradition, delicate environmental ecosystems, and unrivalled biodiversity. The feasibility research continues our dedication to interact with native communities, civic organisations, and all acceptable non-public and public sectors leaders to grasp how seagliders can assist enhance the every day lives of the residents. We’re excited and humbled to be part of this group accelerating Hawaii’s push towards a zero-emission future.”