Yesterday, I went over to Worcester for a day of boating with Ortomarine — who’d organised a day of trials comparing diesel and hybrid electric boats. There were eight boats involved, a couple of ordinary diesels, one using HVO fuel (hydrotreated vegetable oil), a couple with parallel hybrid set ups, and some with serial hybrid systems. The idea was all to do the same route and some tests, and compare the results at the end. After a bacon sandwich from the nearby cafe, we set off up the Severn.
Then it was onto the Droitwich canals, up the eight broad locks, through the park, under the M5 and up to the marina.
I was taken to retrieve my car from Worcester, then returned to the marina for pizza. It was a reallenjoyable day, and when the results are out they’ll be very interesting. I was travelling on a boat called Mordiford Dragon with a Hybrid Marine system, and particular thanks go to the owners, Karen and Rob, for making the day so enjoyable.