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Watercraft developer REGENT unveils full-scale mock-up of ‘revolutionary’ electric seaglider

by Liam Turner
A full-scale mockup of REGENT's human-carrying seaglider

Electric seaglider developer REGENT has unveiled a full-scale mock-up of its human-carrying seaglider prototype, slated for flight testing in 2024.

The US-based business has also announced plans to expand its global headquarters in Rhode Island to include up to 600,000 sq. ft of new manufacturing and test facilities to begin fulfilling $8bn (c.£6.45bn) in commercial orders by the middle of the decade.

REGENT says its seagliders are a new category of maritime vehicle that combine the high speed of an airplane with the low operating cost of a boat.

The all-electric, zero-emission vessels operate exclusively over water and leverage existing dock infrastructure to carry people and goods up to 180 miles with current battery technology.

The unveiling follow successful test flights of the company’s ¼ scale prototype last year.

The company also says it has tapped EP Systems and MAGicALL as key vendors for the batteries and motors that will power the prototype’s all-electric distributed propulsion system.

REGENT co-founder and CEO Billy Thalheimer said: “This mock-up along with the announcement of our plans to build new state-of-the-art facilities showcases our growth trajectory and our commitment to begin production as soon as possible.

“Our studies, based on publicly validated data, show that our seagliders serve an $11bn market that we project to swell to as much as $25bn as battery technology advances.

“The $8bn in orders our company has already received from a variety of companies around the world reflect the need for fast, reliable, and sustainable maritime transportation.”

REGENT has confirmed that Southern Airways/Mokulele Airlines will receive the first commercial passenger seagliders once they hit the market.

Stan Little, chair and CEO of Southern Airways, said: “Since shortly after our founding, Southern Airways has been working toward the day when all of our flying would be green.

“During that time, we’ve been approached by dozens of companies seeking our participation in their efforts, as well.

“It wasn’t until we saw the work being done by REGENT that we decided to commit to a vehicle outside our current fleet.

“The seaglider is truly transformative, and Southern Airways is incredibly proud to be the launch customer through our Mokulele brand.” 

REGENT expects its first commercial Viceroy seagliders to enter service by mid-decade.

Image: A full-scale mockup of REGENT’s human-carrying seaglider. Credit: REGENT

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