Seabubbles new 'flying' taxi could be the next glamorous way to get around in the City of Love -- along the Seine River.
'Flying' here, is used loosely by startup Seabubbles, as the electric vessel is actually propelled out of the water in order to reduce surface friction, in a zero-emission, zero-noise, and zero-wave experience that can reach speeds of just under 21 miles per hour.
At around €200,000 Euros per taxi to make, Seabubbles' water taxi can run for up 2.5 hours before heading back to a literal charging 'dock' that harnesses the power of the water, sun and wind.
Seabubbles Co-Founder Alain Thebault calls it the 'future', and says the company aims to make use of quote "underutilized waterways."
(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) SEABUBBLES CO-FOUNDER, ALAIN THEBAULT, SAYING:
"We are waiting for the authorization to have a commercial line between east and west, to cross Paris every morning. We will wait six months, but have a look - there is absolutely nobody on the river."
Seabubbles could launch in the city as soon as spring 2020, after jumping through regulatory hoops.
The project's backers hope to obtain a commercial taxi license so the environmentally-conscious consumer can 'fly', or at least glide, above the Seine.