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ing technology, which we have suc- cessfully implemented in our transit bus industry, and now we’re bringing that over to maritime as well. It al- lows us to set up intelligent geofenc- ing GPS based zones, and they use utilize the GPS technology to control the vessel and turn the diesel engines completely off, allowing the vessel to operate in zero emissions, quiet, all- electric propulsion when the vessel enters a user de? ned zero emissions zone. We feel that by offering this solution to current and future cus- tomers will help operators in sensi- tive coastal areas or passing through emissions corridors where they need to regulate how much emissions they’re producing.

I’d also like to talk about a couple of projects that are going to be hitting the waters soon. One of the projects that we’re most excited about is the

SW/TCH e-ferry, and that will be the ? rst hydrogen fuel cell powered hybrid electric ferry in America. That ferry is being completed right now, and utilizes BAE Systems’ electric motors and power management sys- tem and interfaces with the hydrogen fuel cells. While it is still consuming a fuel—a clean fuel, hydrogen—it is doing so in a very ef? cient manner, and it’s leveraging electric propulsion.

Secondly, we’re happy to announce that the University of Vermont is uti- lizing our HybriGen system and their new research vessel. This is a vessel designed by Chartwell Marine, and it is currently under construction at

Derecktor Shipyards. Again, the re- search and survey vessel community has realized that implementing this hybrid propulsion technology is great for environmental stewardship. MN 15|

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