The world’s first electric car ferry was launched in Norway, carrying 360 passengers on quiet and clean ferry trips, powered by battery alone.
The world’s first large, all-electric car ferry is a 100% battery driven aluminium catamaran. The 80-meter-long vessel is able to carry 120 cars and 360 passengers across the Sognefjord, in Norway. The ferry is designed with energy efficiency as the highest priority, affecting operation, hull shape, materials, and on-board systems.
The ferry makes its 20 minute journey 34 times a day, with a 10 minute break at port for charging the on-board, 1-MWh lithium-polymer battery pack. Furthermore, the electricity used to charge the vessel in-port comes from renewable hydropower.
Why you should care
The electric car ferry now being produced by Fjellstrand and Siemens does not discharge any greenhouse gases while operating. Compared to a standard diesel ferry serving the same route, the electric ferry has saved about 60% on fuel annually and prevents 570 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, according to ferry operator Norled. Besides environmental benefits, the ferry will feature lower operational and maintenance costs, and a more peaceful journey.