Scandinavia’s First Lithium Battery Electric Car Ferry Completes Over 4,000 Trips

DEC 26 2014 BY MARK KANE 9

Electric ferry

Electric ferry

Electrovaya announced a milestone of 4,000 completed trips for Scandinavia’s first all-electric ferry KF Hisarøy, which has been sailing between Mjånes and Hisarøy in Norway for over one year, since September 2013.

KF Hisarøy is powered from a 100 kWh battery pack supplied by Electrovaya in cooperation with Solund Verft, HAFS Elektro & Rør AS and Electrovaya´s subsidiary Miljobil Grenland AS.

Every day, the ferry is doing 10 round-trips (1.6 km each) and is charged on the mainland between the round trips and during the overnight hours. KF Hisarøy is built to carry 49 passengers and 6 cars.

“The battery system is an important step forward for the global maritime industry and a major step towards replacing diesel generators with a greener, toxic–free alternative form of energy. The owner of the vessel is Wergeland AS and Gulen Skyssbåtservice operates the ferry.The battery electric ferry can save up to approximately 180,750 liters of fuel consumption over its expected lifetime. It has a potential to save about 500 tonnes of emissions; 480 tonnes of CO2, 9 tonnes of particulate matter and volatile organic compounds, 2 tonnes of Carbon monoxide and 2 tonnes of other type of emissions. The Electrovaya lithium ion battery also eliminates fuel exhaust including the usual carcinogens from diesel exhaust.”

“With the International Maritime Organization (IMO) pressuring the marine industry to reduce GHG emissions and as the price of diesel continues to rise, there has been growing interest in developing clean propulsion systems for vessels in countries including Norway and Canada.  The marine electric vehicle market is expected to grow from $2.6 billion to $6.3 billion by 2023. Demand will come from both on-water and underwater electric vehicles for use both on inland waterways and the sea.  The key advantages of electric powertrains for marine vehicles are the lower maintenance requirements and minimal noise, air and water pollution.”

Hans Wergeland, the owner of KF Hisarøy, stated:

“Wergeland Halsvik AS is very pleased with the ferry and the battery system delivered from the yard and its cooperating partners. As this market grows, and the demand for environmentally friendly, zero carbon foot-print energy solutions increases, this system is well-suited to further opportunities in the marine sector.”

Svein-Tore Eide, General Manager of Solund Verft AS, the ship building company responsible for the project, commented:

“We are delighted to be working with Electrovaya, Miljobil Grenland and HAFS Electro. This first battery electric cable and road ferry in Scandinavia demonstrates that an all-electric propulsion system has value for other marine applications.”

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9 Comments on "Scandinavia’s First Lithium Battery Electric Car Ferry Completes Over 4,000 Trips"

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Brilliant. All vehicles on fairly short fixed routes should be electric (city buses, short trip ferrys, delivery trucks, postal vehicles etc etc.).


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A good Starting System for Marine/Maritime Movement! Now – about Freighters and Cruise Ships – how can we apply the lessons learned here to those ships – in a staged or step-by-step upgrade?

How about a start with – ‘Last Mile and at Port’ Stage with Battery Power only? Moving up to ‘Last 5 miles and at Port’; and then – ‘Last 10 Miles and at Port’; as a stepping stone approach?

Freighters and cruise ships will most likely use liquid fuels. Methanol, LNG, HVO or other synthetic diesels etc.

But there might be some hybrid solutions, at least on long distance ferries.

One fairly easy thing to do though is to make sure all ports are electrified so that the ships docking can use landbased electricity instead of their own diesel generators. It’s a suprisingly low number of docks which are capable of offering any kind of electricity solution to ships docking.

Business Opportunity!

Awesome, ferries are indeed the low-hanging fruit in electrifying ships. Wonder where we’ll see the first one in the Pacific Northwest…

What about small submarines, these have been electric for decades.

And big submarines, and medium sized submarines.

Just about every one, except for the very first ones that were powered by the human(s) manually turning a propeller.