Siemens and Norled Announce ‘World’s First’ Electric Car Ferry

By Peter Pospiech at January 29, 2013 04:40
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, General
Siemens, Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand and shipping company Norled have developed what they say is the world’s first electrically powered car ferry. The 80-meter vessel can carry 120 cars and 360 passengers. From 2015 onward, it will serve the route between Lavik and Oppedal, Norway, across the Sognefjord. The vessel currently serving this route uses on average one million liters of diesel and emits 570 metric tons of carbon dioxide and 15 metric tons of nitrogen oxides a year. The companies developed the electrically powered ferry for submission to a competition organized by Norway’s Ministry of Transport.  As a reward for winning the competition, the shipping company Norled has been granted the license to operate the route until 2025. Rather than a diesel engine, the ferry is equipped with electric motors to drive the ship’s two screws. These motors are powered by a battery weighing 10 metric tons. The ship has been specially designed to fit the requirements ... [More]

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