First Seabubble comes to the Netherlands!

Press release

The SVE Group brings the first SeaBubble to the Netherlands. This SeaBubble is one of the first ten to be delivered worldwide in 2021. The SVE Group is the first in the Netherlands with this.

Seabubble on the water in Dordrecht

The SeaBubble sails without emissions, without noise and without waves due to the use of the patented fly-by-wire system. The SeaBubble that will sail in the Netherlands has a capacity for 5 people, is powered by hydrogen and has a sailing time of 2 hours on a full tank. The SeaBubble is fully refueled within 4 minutes.

Partly thanks to the Region Deal, passenger transport by water has become a hot topic in the Drechtsteden. The docking stations that belong to this innovative SeaBubble are designed and made with the help of several partners in the Drechtsteden.

For more information, please visit www.seabubbles.nl or at the case SeaBubbles on our site.


Mobipunt with shared car in Schagen

First mobility hubs in the Netherlands launched in De Kop

Press release

The first mobi points in the Netherlands have been launched in the Kop van Noord-Holland. Aldermen Theo Meskers (Hollands Kroon), Heleen Keur (Den Helder) and Hans Heddes (Schagen) have put the points into use for the first time. You can see a video of this alternative opening below.

Various modes of transport are offered at a mobi point. Public transport is often close by and there are shared bicycles and cars. The mobi points were set up by the regional partnership De Kop Werken! and are intended to increase the accessibility and liveability of towns and villages in the region. In addition, the shared cars of a mobi point are a sustainable alternative to having your own car. The use of the shared bicycles and shared cars is also simple: you can book online via www.mobipunt.net or via the app and then you drive away.

Participating parties
Many parties from the Kop are involved in the development of the mobi points, including the municipalities of Hollands Kroon, Schagen and Den Helder, the province of North Holland, residents' associations, Pro companies, Advier, Avia Marees, Connexxion, Microsoft and Google. For example, the municipalities supply shared cars and Pro companies take care of the cleaning work, so that the cars remain tidy. The first mobi points have been opened at the bus station in Den Oever and further in Middenmeer, Wieringerwerf and 't Veld. In Den Helder, the first points are at the station, De Schooten and Willemsoord, and the station is the first location in the municipality of Schagen. It will grow in the near future
number of mobi points in the Kop van Noord-Holland. The ambition is to have fourteen mobi points under development by the end of 2020 and forty in 2021.

Interested in a mobile point?
People who are interested in a mobi point in their area can contact us via www.mobipunt.net to explore the possibilities. This allows the network to grow in places where there is also a demand for shared cars and bicycles. In this way we are working on better accessibility of the Kop.

The head works!
This project falls under 'De Kop Werken!', the regional incentive program of the four Kop municipalities of Texel, Den Helder, Hollands Kroon and Schagen and the province of North Holland. We work together on a future-proof region. We do this by continuously exploiting opportunities that strengthen the strength of the region. This concerns the development of ports, agribusiness, energy sector, tourism, accessibility and living environment.
More information can be found at www.dekopwerkt.nl.


Innovative SeaBubbles now available in the Netherlands and Belgium

Press release

In many cities, the available water is still minimally used for passenger transport, while the roads are overcrowded. The French innovation SeaBubbles wants to change this. SeaBubbles is 100% electrically powered passenger transport on water. The first boats (called Bubbles) have a capacity of 5 people. Currently with a driver, but the Bubbles will soon sail autonomously, without a driver. This innovative concept is now available in the Netherlands and Belgium.

SeaBubbles founder and former windsurfing world champion Anders Bringdal has today signed a contract with Minze Walvius and Maurice van der Meché for the sale of the Bubbles and Docks in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Dubai and for the further development of the SeaBubbles concept.

What is SeaBubbles
The Bubbles look futuristic and have a hydrofoil, also called hydrofoil. As a result, the hull of the Bubble comes out of the water at a speed of 12 km/h and it floats a few tens of centimeters above the water. The resistance is up to 50% lower than with a normal boat. The Bubbles also sail 100% electrically. With this, the Bubble creates NO emissions, NO sound and NO waves. The Bubbles sail at high speed and are very comfortable because he sails over the waves. The total life cycle costs can be up to tens of percent lower than fossil-powered ships.

The first Bubble can carry 5 people, including the skipper, and can sail 65 km on one battery charge and has a maximum speed of 33 km/h. The next Bubble, which will be released in 2020, is significantly faster. The third generation Bubbles will carry 12 or more passengers, possibly with bicycles on board.

Durable, quiet and fast transport over the water with the comfort of a car that does not cause waves. A concept that fits in any city with smart city and smart mobility ambitions or individual who wishes to sail stylishly, comfortably, sustainably and quickly!

Docks and chargers
Boarding and disembarking can take place at specially developed futuristic looking Docks. These Docks have a patented lift system that allows passengers to board and disembark comfortably and that facilitates the maintenance and storage of the boat. The loading of the Bubbles also takes place here. Of course, the current infrastructure can also be used. Chargers can be supplied with which the Bubbles can be charged.

Objective
SeaBubbles aims for 100% sustainable transport and has the ambition to be active in 50 cities by 2024. The goal is to build a network of autonomous Bubbles. Starting today in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Dubai! A pilot will soon start in the Drechtsteden to see whether SeaBubbles can help to avoid traffic jams and reduce pollution in the cities, according to chairman Sjoerd Vollebregt of the Economic Development Board Drechtsteden region in the Telegraaf.

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