REGENT developing the world’s first electric seaglider

REGENT developing the world’s first electric seaglider

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The electric flying machine — which combines the speed, comfort, and navigation systems of an aircraft with the convenience, maneuverability, and affordability of a boat — is set to transport passengers along coastal routes by 2025.
REGENT Craft Inc. has announced the launch of its new all-electric vehicle called a seaglider, the first form of zero-emissions, high-speed transportation that flies along coastal routes operated by airlines, ferry companies, and governments. The flying machine (the model has not been given a name) combines the speed, comfort, and navigation systems of an aircraft with the convenience, maneuverability, and affordability of a boat.

The startup’s first vehicle will carry 12 passengers and its next will carry at least 50 passengers. The vehicles will be as safe as aircraft and have better wave and wind tolerance than existing seaplanes and WIG (wing-in-ground-effect) vehicles. They will be able to transport commercial passengers and critical cargo with a range of 180 mi (290 km) at a speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) and leverage existing battery technology and dock infrastructure.

In the first quarter of 2021, REGENT (Regional Electric Ground Effect Naval Transport) received $465 million in provisional orders from some of the world’s largest airlines and ferry companies. Launch partners are Goombay Air, Fly The Whale, and SplitExpress.com. Aircraft operators a
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