Two big new all-electric ferries are coming to Canada

Two big new all-electric ferries are coming to Canada

Electric propulsion is coming for virtually every mode of transportation, including maritime transportation. Ferries are a good place to start since they cover the same routes again and again. It makes it easy to plan for the range and charging solution of all-electric ferries.

Now Canada has got on board with the concept and ordered its first two new giant all-electric ferries. Schottel and Damen Shipyards are partnering up to equip the first all-electric vessels to operate in Canada.

A battery pack system will be installed onboard to power the propellers and a diesel generator will serve as backup power.

They expect the vessels to have a similar capacity as the conventional ferries with speeds up to 12 knots, but it will also “reduce emissions by the equivalent of 7 million kg carbon dioxide per year.”

Looks like the ferry segment of maritime transportation is ready for clean electric propulsion. I think this is a no-brainer. It makes so much sense to electrify ferries. They operate on relatively short and consistent routes, which makes it easy to plan for range and to install charging infrastructure at the docking locations.

See https://electrek.co/2018/11/07/all-electric-ferries-canada/


Two big new all-electric ferries are coming to Canada
Electric propulsion is coming for virtually every mode of transportation, including maritime transportation. Ferries are a good place to start since they cover the same routes again and again. It m…

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