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Redefining Urban Mobility

Most of the world’s cities are located by rivers and coastlines. From the Seine in Paris to the Nile in Cairo, waterways have served as a vital medium for the transportation of goods, people, and livestock. Today, as cities grapple with increasing congestion and limited land availability, we at Hyke believe it is critical to shift more transport back to the water. Doing so will free up space on land and make waterfront locations more accessible to all. To accomplish this, we must dramatically improve the economic and environmental performance of waterborne transportation systems.

At Hyke, we have gone back to basics, designing and engineering marine solutions from the keel up to be cheaper, better, and cleaner than land-based alternatives. We achieve this by combining cutting-edge technology with user-centric, attractive design to create a solution that increases utilization for all applications. Our principles include designing for standardization and mass production, allowing the solution to be more financially competitive. Beyond increasing ferry adoption, we also aim to enable new business models that help services scale without exhasuting public funds.

TOGETHER FOR INNOVATION

We do not work alone. We partner with other ambitious, innovative, and sustainable organizations to solve global challenges together. A great example of this is with the SAMS Norway industry cluster that is focused on achieving progress in autonomous mobility and transport systems. Interested in working together to help your organization or city achieve similar goals? 

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The Story
Behind Hyke

At Hyke, we are expanding the potential of urban mobiilty by modernizing waterborne transportation. Our goal is to make ferries safer, cleaner, and more efficient so that they can take on a larger share of cities’ urban mobility and logistics jobs. From our home base in Norway, the land of Fjords, we aim to bring our collective and cultural expertise in marine transportation and boat-building to the world.


Hyke is a spin-off from Eker Group, Norway’s leading innovation powerhouse with over 35 years of industrial design, product development, and boat-building success. It is born out of a collaboration between the Eker Group and the city of Fredrikstad, which has operated city ferries for centuries and is looking for a way to reduce costs. Fredrikstad’s city ferries are loved by locals and visitors alike, transporting 1.5 million passengers in 2019—that’s about 20 journeys for every resident of the city. Through Hyke, we aim to bring this ferry solution to the rest of the world.

Hyke operates out of the Eker Werks office in Oslo, Norway.

The Leadership Team

Bård Eker

Founder & Chairman

The Founder and CEO of Eker Group, Bård has amassed a long track record of successful products and ventures. He leads with his expertise in industrial design, business planning, and sensory integration. He is also a UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Champion.

Bjørn Utgård

Chief Executive Officer

Bjørn is an internationally-recognized leader in electric mobility and a serial entrepreneur with several clean tech successes. He most recently built and executed market development for EVBox Group, the EV charging champion.

Jason McFarlane

Chief Technology Officer

Jason comes from 14 years of experience at Kongsberg Maritime, including in autonomous systems. He brings to Hyke his strong technical foundation in systems development combined with his creative drive for new and better solutions for the world.

Halvor Vislie

Chief Financial Officer

Halvor is an enthusiast for sustainability and cutting-edge technology. He has 15+ years of C-level experience in renewables, finance, and technology.

Work with a mission that calls to you

Interested in working with Hyke? If our mission aligns with your goals, take a look at our Career page for current postings or to submit an open application.

 

Our progress powers your passion

Let’s build the future together

Redefining urban mobility requires input from various stakeholders, from city authorities and developers, to destinations and residents. If you’re passionate about the topic of mobility and how we can increase the utilization of waterways as transport, we’d love to hear from you.

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