World’s largest all-electric ferry completes its maiden trip
The world’s largest all-electric ferry, named Eferry Ellen, made its first commercial trip, connecting the ports of Søby and Fynshav, on the islands of Aerø and Als, in southern Denmark, Electrek said in its release. This revolutionary ship, capable of carrying approximately 30 vehicles and 200 passengers, is powered by a battery system with an unprecedented capacity of 4.3MWh provided by Leclanché SA, one of the world’s leading energy storage companies.
The company claims that the ferry alone will “prevent the release of 2000 tonnes of CO2, 42 tonnes of NOX, 2.5 tonnes of particulates and 1.4 tonnes of SO2 into the atmosphere” on an annual basis.
While Ellen might hold the record for the world’s largest all-electric ferry now, it might not keep it for long. Last year, it was announced that two big new all-electric ferries are coming to Canada.
Delivery of the Amherst Island ferry, which has a length of 68 m, a width of 25 m, and can accommodate up to 300 people and 42 cars, is expected in 2020. The Wolfe Island ferry, which is even bigger with a length of 98 m, a width of 25 m, and can transport up to 399 passengers and 75 cars, is scheduled for delivery in 2021. With those specs, both ferries should be bigger than Ellen.