As we prioritize greater sustainability and wellness in our lives, we’ve become motivated to reimagine the way we move.
We now have the opportunity to improve the way we get around, both technologically and experientially.
Our mission is to lower the barriers to electric commuting to enable better, more sustainable urban mobility.
Increasing transportation emissions
Globally, transportation accounted for 28% of the world’s energy demand and 23% of its carbon emissions in 2014. In the United States, transportation has risen to the largest carbon producing economic sector as of 2017, with emissions still rising.
In its October 2018 report, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicated that the switching of passengers and freight from less to more efficient travel modes will be critical to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius
Urban congestion exacerbating commuting challenges
Swelling population, outdated infrastructure, and the proliferation of private ride-hailing services have created gridlock in urban areas that is worse than ever.
A 59% increase in the number of for-hire vehicles from 2013 to 2017 in NYC, contributing to increased congestion and a 15% drop in average traffic speed during business hours since 2010
Lost hours and excess fuel costs subtracted nearly $17 billion out of the New York City economy in 2016
Over crowded and often delayed transit options have made commuting the least satisfying part of the day, with adverse impacts to physical and mental wellbeing
Envisioning Improvements: what if urban mobility were Easy?
Vehicle access vs. vehicle ownership
Creates increased choice, resulting from the potential to use multiple vehicle types as needed rather than committing to purchasing one vehicle
Freed from maintenance and parking
Flexible use based on preference and conditions
Ability to enjoy an enclosed ride in inclement weather and an open-air ride in nice weather
Ability to choose a comfortable seated ride or active for of transportation depending on athletic inclination
Integration of multiple modes for seamless connectivity
Connect from one mode of transport to another without incurring any switching cost
Personalized and purpose-built transport
Freedom to get from current location to end destination without having to travel according to anyone else’s schedule or route other than one’s own
Each distance and route would have a vehicle that is well suited to its conditions and requirements
what if urban mobility were better?
Pedestrians, riders and residents wouldn’t have to breathe diesel fumes
Commuting wouldn’t contribute to climate change
All electric offers a path to zero emissions
Wouldn’t have to buy single-use plastic items at concession stands
Circular economy model enables reuse and waste elimination
Wouldn’t have to deal with overly crowded, often delayed and monotonous transit
Ability to reserve a ride and guarantee timely end-to-end transport gives the peace of mind that comes with reliable service
Wouldn’t have to listen to loud engine noise
All electric offers the potential for quiet movement
Electrify your Ride
Dedicated commuting solutions for workplaces
For companies looking to move employees or guests more efficiently and sustainably, SW/TCH offers dedicated electric ferry services that are paired with shoreside e-mobility options.
The commuting system SW/TCH creates can be curated to client needs according to location and preferences.
The SW/TCH experience
Unlike the roads, urban waterways are free of congestion, enabling timely, reliable service as well as a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
SW/TCH has designed its electric ferry with the aim of turning some of the worst minutes of the day into some of the best. Unlike traditional vessels, the electric ferry glides through the water silently, opening up a world of possibilities for enhanced onboard experience. On your way to work you’ll be able to comfortably have a coffee, flip open a laptop, or connect with other colleagues. On your way home you’ll be able to enjoy a beer or cocktail and even listen to some live music.
When you step off the ferry dock, you’ll have access to a last mile transfer option to get you to your final destination. One seamless experience available via the SW/TCH mobile app.
We are entrepreneurs, shipbuilders, designers and impact investors.