Initially, the ferry will be powered by electric energy approximately 65 percent of the time, as it can only be charged on the Horten side of the route where there are charging facilities. Once a charging station arrives in Moss, the ferry will run 100 percent on electric energy.
Compared to a conventional ferry, an electric ferry with batteries saves the equivalent of 3400 new petrol cars’ CO2 emissions.* A 2015 study from Bellona and Siemens concluded that it would be profitable to replace 70 percent of the ferries in Norway to either battery or hybrid operation. Transitioning Norwegian ferries alone to a battery or hybrid operation would reduce CO2 emissions by 300,000 metric tons, approximately nine percent of the total emissions of domestic shipping.
“Ferries are the perfect match for renewable energy,” says Ketil Aagesen, Head of Sales, at Siemens Offshore and Marine Center. If the green shift is to be implemented globally, other countries' authorities should look to Norway to see how cost-effective it can be to convert ferries to low or zero emissions.”